Flinders Medical Centre & SA Pathology, Adelaide, AUstralia

Presentation Abstract

Renal Biopsy – Diagnosis, Collection and Prognosis

Kidney biopsy is considered the most valuable tool in providing nephrologists with information regarding the pathological causes of intrinsic renal disease. In conjunction with serology and urinary testing, it allows the clinician to accurately diagnose various acute and chronic kidney diseases, guides medical therapies and prognosticates disease progression to end stage kidney failure. As a result of improvements in immuno-histological and ultrastructural microscopy techniques, pathologic kidney diseases can be defined and diagnosed with greater certainty. This session aims to outline the indications, complications and procedural aspects of a kidney biopsy.



Dr Rachel Tan [The Clinician] Biography

Dr Rachel Tan is currently a second year Advanced Nephrology Trainee at Flinders Medical Centre.

A/Prof Jeffrey Barbara [The Laboratory] Biography

A/Prof Jeffrey Barbara is a consultant nephrologist at the Flinders Medical Centre (1995) and was Director of the Renal Service for 17 years. He completed a PhD in the field of cytokine immunology at the Hanson Institute and conducted postdoctoral studies in the Nuffield Department of Surgery in the area of transplantation immunology. He has been a recent Councillor of the ANZ Society of Nephrology (2012-2016) and was also a member of the Dialysis Nephrology Transplant Subcommittee of the ANZSN (2013-2017). He has co-authored 40 peer-reviewed publications and has continued his research interests in immunology and clinical nephrology.

Sharin Prakash [The Pathologist] Biography

Beginning her career with IMVS, now SA Pathology in Anatomical/ Surgical Pathology in 1985, Sharin has worked in Surgical Pathology Grossing, Renal, Neuropathology, Gastroenterology and Immunohistochemistry, as well as the Electron Microscopy Unit. On top of her role as Main Lab Supervisor at Flinders Medical Centre, Sharin is also currently the treasurer of the Histology Group of South Australia.