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Renal Biopsies in the Elderly: Challenges and Caveats

  • 1 Manasi Bapat is a renal fellow at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
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Manasi Bapat

The first chapter of the American Society of Nephrology’s Geriatric Nephrology Core Curriculum reminds us that “the degree of humanity in our healthcare world will be made evident in the way we treat (or do not treat) our minorities, our underprivileged, our poor, our mentally infirm, those who have no voice to speak for themselves, and finally, the aged” (1).

The elderly population is among the fastest growing in the United States and accounts for a large percentage of those with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Kidney senescence causes gradual structural loss and functional decline during aging.