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Kidneys shutting down and losing blood. Had blood transfusions. Is it safe to test a tissue sample?

My fathers kidneys are shutting down his doc said his kidneys are at 16% and he keeps loosing blood. He s had two blood transfushions already and they don t know what can be causing his kidneys to decline.they want to put a needle into his kidneys to draw some tissue sample . How safe is that and why do you think he s loosing blood. He was just at 20% yesterday and today at 15. Please help me find some answers.
Asked On : Mon, 29 Apr 2013
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Nephrologist 's  Response
Dear Janice Thomas

Your description suggests that your father is suffering from an acute inflammation in the kidneys. he can be loosing blood in the urine because the filters (glomeruli ) in the kidney have become leaky.

It is important to know the cause and type of damage in the kidneys.

Blood and urine tests can only suggest the possible problem. Only a kidney biopsy can give a clear picture on the extent and type of damage, which can help plan the exact treatment.

Kidney biopsy is a fairly safe procedure in experienced hands, with minimal risk.

Answered: Mon, 29 Apr 2013
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