Massive Hemorrhage From a Lumbar Artery Following Percutaneous Renal Biopsy

Barry Wall, Frederick S. Keller, David M. Spalding, Max C. Reif

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We report a case of severe lumbar artery bleeding following percutaneous renal biopsy. A 68-year-old man with a history of rheumatoid arthritis, gold therapy, and Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia underwent a percutaneous renal biopsy to evaluate nephrotic syndrome and renal insufficiency. Following the procedure, he developed signs of severe hemorrhage. A selective renal angiogram revealed an intrarenal bleeding site that was occluded by selective embolization. The patient failed to stabilize however, and repeat angiography was performed two days later. A lumbar artery was identified as a second bleeding site, and was also occluded by selective embolization. The bleeding was controlled, but the patient developed serious complications and died five days later.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)250-253
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Kidney Diseases
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes


  • Kidney biopsy
  • complications
  • lumbar artery
  • selective angiography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology


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