J. THOMAS LAMONT, M.D.
LAMONT JT. Ethics of Renal Biopsy. Ann Intern Med. 1974;80:560. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-80-4-560_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;80(4):560.
To the editor: I would like to make several comments in reference to the article, "Occurrence and Nature of Glomerular Lesions after Group A Streptococci Infections in Children," which appeared in the October issue (Ann Intern Med 79:492-499, 1973). It seems unwarranted to subject children to the risk and discomfort of a kidney biopsy for such indications as low serum CH50 levels and minor urinary abnormalities. Granted that the risk of this procedure is minimal in expert hands, I wonder how children view this procedure, especially children who are essentially asymptomatic. What fraction of the patients were from ethnic minority
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