Medical Kidney Pathology
Renal biopsy is a useful tool in the evaluation of patients with a wide variety of kidney diseases. Many patients undergoing this procedure are severely ill and have complex underlying medical conditions, such as autoimmune diseases, diabetes, hypertension, or active infections.
Determining the cause of kidney disease often helps to guide clinical treatment. Rapid interpretation of these biopsies by pathologists who specialize in medical renal disease is important to optimize care for these patients.
Accurate interpretation of medical kidney biopsies requires the use of light microscopy, direct immunofluorescence, and often electron microscopy. A pathologist experienced in integrating results from each of these diagnostic modalities must interpret the findings in the setting of each patient’s unique clinical presentation. Physician-to-physician communication is often needed in these biopsies and an open line of communication between the renal pathologist and the ordering nephrologist or rheumatologist is important.
Cleveland Clinic Laboratories provides a wide range of services ranging from full consultation with processing of the biopsy specimen and full professional interpretation through performance of the technical component only for electron microscopy. The service allows customization to fulfill the individual needs of the client.
Primary diagnosis | Second opinion consultation
Immunohistochemistry – Immunofluorescence – Special Stains – Electron Microscopy
- Turnaround Time
– Preliminary Results: within 24 hours.
– Final Results, including electron microscopy: within 48 hours.
- Expert consultation with an experienced kidney pathologist,
with direct communication via phone or email.
- A concise, in-depth report is available for each consultation.