The Role of Kidney Biopsy in the Diagnosis of Kidney Disease

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Pamela C. Gibson, MD, Division Chief of Anatomic Pathology, Associate Professor of Pathology, Renal Pathologist, Surgical Pathologist and Cytopathologist, University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, VT

Kidney biopsies can provide a wealth of information related to the diagnosis of kidney disease and the prognosis for the patient’s kidney function. Kidney biopsies however are not needed in all forms of kidney disease and are not without morbidity to the patient. This seminar will review the basic approach to the work up of kidney disease from the clinical perspective and introduce the audience to the reasons why a biopsy might be performed using real patient cases. The cases will help emphasize the role of special stains and immunofluorescence in the assessment of the kidney biopsy and will also address the importance of electron microscopy in the comprehensive diagnosis of kidney diseases.

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Continuing Education Credits

NSH Contact Hours (acceptable for AMT, ASCP, and state recertification): 1 hour(s)
Course number WEB0317
Course number 20-621782, approved through 3/22/2019

Objectives

  • State why some patients need a kidney biopsy and others do not.
  • Discuss why so many stains are necessary on each kidney biopsy.
  • Answer the question: is EM necessary in the evaluation of a kidney biopsy? (No one seems to do EM any more except the renal pathologist)

Additional Information

Course Description: Kidney biopsies can provide a wealth of information related to the diagnosis of kidney disease and the prognosis for the patient’s kidney function. Kidney biopsies however are not needed in all forms of kidney disease and are not without morbidity to the patient. This seminar will review the basic approach to the work up of kidney disease from the clinical perspective and introduce the audience to the reasons why a biopsy might be performed using real patient cases. The cases will help emphasize the role of special stains and immunofluorescence in the assessment of the kidney biopsy and will also address the importance of electron microscopy in the comprehensive diagnosis of kidney diseases.
 
Presenter Bio: Dr. Gibson is the Division Chief of Anatomic Pathology at The University of Vermont Medical Center and an Associate Professor of Pathology at the Robert Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. She trained at the University of Vermont and following her Anatomic and Clinical pathology residency, did a fellowship in cytopathology and further study in renal pathology. She has been practicing in all areas of anatomic pathology for the last 20 years and serves as the renal pathologist for our institution, signing out medical kidney biopsies, performing collaborative research with her clinical colleagues and teaching kidney pathology to medical students, residents and fellows.
 
Addtional Information: This course was presented in March 2017 as part of the NSH Laboratory Webinar Series. 

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