Ten year experience of pediatric kidney biopsies from a single center in Pakistan

A. Absar, M. Diamond, Y. Sonia, R. Arshalooz, A. Safia, K. Waqar, P. Shahid

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There are many established registries of kidney biopsies around the world. In addition, there are several reports available in literature from many countries on pediatric kidney biopsy. This study was done to determine the indications and pathological patterns of kidney biopsies of children referred to our hospital, and compare our data with the data available from other countries. This is a cross-sectional study of pediatric kidney biopsies over a 10-year period, from January 1997 to December 2006. All biopsies were done in Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan. Age range was from 1 to 14 years. Data were analyzed for indications and histopathological diagnosis. A total of 54 kidney biopsies were included in the initial analysis. Here 13 samples were excluded and final analysis was done on the remaining 41 samples. The most common indication of kidney biopsy was nephrotic syndrome in 25 samples (61%). The most common histopathology was minimal change disease in 15 (37%), followed by focal segmental glomerulosclerosis in 5 (12%) of the biopsies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-192
Number of pages3
JournalIndian Journal of Nephrology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010


  • Kidney
  • biopsy
  • indications
  • pathology
  • pediatric


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