The Kidney Biopsy in Lupus Nephritis




The kidney biopsy is the standard of care for diagnosis of lupus nephritis and remains necessary to ensure accurate diagnosis and guide treatment. Repeat biopsy should be considered when therapy modifications are necessary, as in cases with incomplete or no response, or when stopping therapy for those in remission. There are several promising biomarkers of kidney disorders; however, these markers need to be validated in a prospective clinical trial before being applied clinically. Molecular analysis may provide the information presently lacking from current evaluation of kidney disorders and may better inform on prognosis and treatment considerations.


Key points








  • The kidney biopsy is the standard of care for diagnosis of lupus nephritis and remains necessary to ensure accurate diagnosis and guide treatment.



  • Repeat biopsy should be considered when therapy modifications are necessary, as in cases with incomplete or no response, or when stopping therapy for those in remission.



  • There are several promising biomarkers of kidney disorders; however, these markers needed to be validated in a prospective clinical trial before being applied clinically.



  • Molecular analysis may provide the information presently lacking from current evaluation of kidney disorders and may better inform prognosis and treatment considerations.


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Sep 28, 2017 | Posted by in RHEUMATOLOGY | Comments Off on The Kidney Biopsy in Lupus Nephritis
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