Test Overview
Test Usage

A renal biopsy is performed to diagnose or monitor treatment for kidney disease. Renal biopsies are processed for light microscopy with special stains, plastic embedding/electron microscopy (EM), and immunofluorescence (IF) microscopy.

Reference Range *

Interpretive report provided.

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Test Details
Days Set Up
Specimens should be shipped to arrive Monday through Friday 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM, excluding observed Michigan Medicine holidays.
  • Consult
  • Surgical
  • Kidney Biopsy
Anatomic Pathology
Surgical Pathology
STAT Limitations

If STAT or RUSH results are required, the clinician requesting the biopsy (e.g., the nephrologist, rheumatologist, or primary care provider) must speak directly with the on-call renal pathologist and provide the patient’s clinical history and contact information for results. The Renal Pathology Office can be reached at 734.647.2921.

Specimen Requirements
Collection Instructions

Michigan Medicine Laboratories (MLabs) requires that clients are trained regarding specimen submission procedures prior to accepting referrals of renal biopsy specimens.
• Contact MLabs Client Services at 800-862-7284 to schedule training.
• Please notify MLabs Client Services prior to sending a renal biopsy specimen.
• Renal biopsy collection kits are available from MLabs and will be required in advance of the procedure.
See https://mlabs.umich.edu/RenalBiopsy for additional information.