Percutaneous renal biopsy: approach, diagnostic accuracy and risks

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Purpose of review

This article provides a review of recent advances and issues regarding the controversial topic of renal mass biopsy (RMB). The purpose of this review is to provide an update on the current status of renal biopsy based on recently published literature. Here, we particularly focus on articles that have been published within the last 12 months.

Recent findings

The main topics covered in this review are the approach, diagnostic accuracy and risks related to RMB.


Current literature suggests that improvements in both technique and technological advancements of RMB have led to greater diagnostic accuracy and low risks to the patient. Newer technologies are leading toward innovative and harmless ways to diagnose kidney cancer, including liquid and image-based biopsy. However, it appears that the question of whether or not to instate renal biopsy as standard clinical practice has remained a highly debated controversy.

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