Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2008 Jan;23(1):201-6. Epub 2007 Aug 25.

The role of renal biopsy in women with kidney disease identified in pregnancy.

Author information

Dept of Nephrology, University Hospital, Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TH, UK.



Renal disease may present for the first time in pregnancy, either as symptomatic disease or as a consequence of antenatal screening. The role of antenatal and post-partum percutaneous renal biopsy in the management of such patients is discussed.


We describe two series of women; the first is a series of 20 women presenting with renal disease of a severity to warrant renal biopsy during pregnancy whilst the second, comprises 75 women who had an initial presentation of renal disease in pregnancy and underwent post-partum renal biopsy.


Biopsy during pregnancy revealed a glomerular disorder in 19/20 (95%) with immediate change of management in 9/20 (40%). In 17/20 (85%) there was delivery of a live infant at median gestation of 36 weeks (range 25-40). Follow-up of women [median 103.3 months (2.5-256)] showed 9/20 (45%) had a GFR of <60 ml/min/1.73 m(2) [six at end-stage renal failure (ESRF)] and 3/20 were dead. The majority (62/75; 82.6%) of women undergoing post-partum renal biopsy presented with significant proteinuria (40% pre-eclampsia) during pregnancy not resolving post-partum. A glomerular abnormality was found in 64%. At last follow-up of 47 women [median 51.5 months (range 1-212)], 14 patients (29.7%) had significant proteinuria and 20 (42.6%) had a GFR<60 ml/min/1.73 m(2). Six women (12.7%) had ESRF.


Diagnosis and follow-up of renal disease diagnosed in pregnancy is important as progressive disease occurs in this group. Routine antenatal screening provides a useful diagnostic opportunity to detect asymptomatic renal disease. In a selected sub-group, renal biopsy during pregnancy can be helpful in initiation of correct treatment and allowing progression of pregnancy to fetal viability.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Silverchair Information Systems
    Loading ...
    Support Center