Transjugular Renal Biopsy Bleeding Risk and Diagnostic Yield: A Systematic Review

Jeffery D. St. Jeor, Christopher J. Reisenauer, James C. Andrews, Chad J. Fleming, Sanjay Misra, Edwin A. Takahashi

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This study aimed to better define the safety and efficacy of transjugular renal biopsy (TJRB) based on published studies. Seventeen published articles were included (1,321 biopsies). Complications were classified as major if they resulted in blood transfusion or additional invasive procedures. All other bleeding complications were considered minor. Diagnostic tissue was obtained in 1,193 procedures (90.3%). The total incidence of bleeding complications among 15 articles with complete data was 202 of 892 procedures (22.6%): 162 (18.2%) minor and 40 (4.5 %) major. These results show that TJRB is a feasible procedure for obtaining renal tissue for diagnosis and that most complications are self-limiting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2106-2112
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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