Purpose Although several registries collecting data of patients with kidney diseases exist, there are only a few registries that specifically collect data relating to renal biopsy. We set out to gather regional data regarding indications, results, and outcomes of renal biopsies.
Methods We retrospectively gathered data of 412 renal biopsy specimen results consecutively performed between 1998 and 2005 in our setting.
Results The most common clinical syndrome was renal failure (46%), urinary abnormality (28%). Nephrotic syndrome early in diabetes was an important cause of biopsy. Hispanic was the predominant race. Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) was the most common overall picture; IgA nephropathy (IgAN) was the commonest cause of nephritic/hematuria picture. IgAN was dominant in nonwhite males; FSGS showed equal sex distribution. Nondiagnostic studies were seen in young acute renal failure specimens.
Conclusion These data with regional flavor will give answers to several questions in both prevention and treatment of renal diseases. It would throw more light on the etiologies and prevalence of kidney diseases.
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