Systematic reporting of medical kidney biopsies
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionClinical Kidney Journal (CKJ). 2022, 15 (1), 21-30. 10.1093/ckj/sfab140
The medical kidney biopsy has an important added value in patient care in nephrology. In order to facilitate communication between the pathologist and the nephrologist and optimize patient care, both the content and form of the medical kidney biopsy report matter. With some exceptions, current guidelines in nephropathology focus on content rather than form and, not surprisingly, medical kidney biopsy reports mostly consist of unformatted and often lengthy free text. In contrast, in oncology, a more systematic reporting called synoptic reporting has become the dominant method. Synoptic formats enable complete, concise and clear reports that comply with agreed upon standards. In this review we discuss the possibilities of systematic reporting in nephropathology (including synoptic reporting). Furthermore, we explore applications of electronic formats with structured data and usage of international terminologies or coding systems. The benefits include the timely collection of high-quality data for benchmarking between centres as well as for epidemiologic and other research studies. Based on these developments, a scenario for future medical kidney biopsy reporting is drafted.