Renal biopsy techniques have vastly enhanced our understanding of the pathology, pathogenic mechanisms and classification of renal diseases.
Biopsies allow us to diagnose renal diseases; assess prognoses; aid in the selection of a specific therapeutic approach; and monitor disease progression in both native and allograft transplant kidneys. To maximally exploit renal biopsy specimens, a combination of light, immunofluorescence and electron microscopy is utilized. Each form of microscopy requires different methods of fixation and processing, so each renal biopsy core fragment is typically divided into three parts. Depending on the length of the biopsy core or suspected disease process, however, the method of dividing the biopsy core may be modified.
UF PathLabs' Renal Pathology Division reviews more than 350 kidney biopsies each year. Our service encompasses both adult and pediatric populations, and all of our renal pathologists are actively involved in a number of clinical research protocols. It is of great importance to us to have direct contact with our referring physicians, so we can personally review and discuss each individual case, as well as their respective clinical elements, with them.
Our Division also provides comprehensive pathology instruction at the University of Florida's College of Medicine and offers opportunities for continuing medical education for physicians, in addition to bolstering the education of UF nephrology, urology and pathology residents. Similarly, we provide pathology services for physicians and patients throughout the state of Florida.