Renal Pathology

The section of renal pathology offers comprehensive renal biopsy services for both native and allograft kidneys. Dr. Kirk W. Foster is the head of this section, which provides services in a full routine work-up include light microscopic examination, immunofluorescence, including C4d in renal allografts, and ultrastructural examination with electron microscopy.  Preliminary results are discussed with the submitting clinician within one business day of receipt in the laboratory. Renal biopsy kits including all necessary fixatives are available through Regional Pathology Services and are sent to the collection facility or clinician’s office. Once packaged, the biopsy material is returned to UNMC via a provided courier. 

Questions regarding the renal biopsy service can be directed to Dr. Foster.

Electron Microscopy

At our state-of-the-art electron microscopy (EM) laboratory, kidney and other tissues are processed and semi-thin and thin sections are cut with an ultramicrotome. Diagnostic electron microscopy is carried out by speciality staff well trained in electron microscopy under the supervision of our neuropathologists. Images are digitally captured and stored electronically. Kirk Foster, MD, is the medical director of the EM laboratory. Queries can be directed to Dr. Foster or Karen Sayre at 402-559-7729.