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Posted by: Chanél Fourie | 2013-03-22

Costs involved in Kidney Biopsy

With reference to your article on 25 July 2012 "Kidney Biopsy". I would just like to know if anyone could maybe tell me what are the costs involved in a kidney biopsy? My cousin found out he has SLE (lupus) in December. He lives in Gauteng and I am in the Western Cape. We believe it may be due to genetics, since our Grandfather also had it, but passed away due to cancer. My cousin's kidneys are in danger and he has not been to work for the last few weeks. Today is the 22nd of March, I found out about it last night :'(.... He is supposed to be on cortisone and chemo pills, but they are expensive. The doctor prescribed other pills and something else to help keep his kidneys clean. At this stage, he needs to urgently have a kidney biopsy done so that they can make a more definite prognosis and explore their options for treatment - the type he can afford of course. He cannot afford a medical aid, so he only has a hospital plan. Thus, he can't go for a biopsy (due to monetary reasons) :'(... He is 29yrs old. I need to know what the costs involve regarding the biopsy so that I can try to raise the money in between my studies. Would it also be possible to tell me what the odds are for this disease, please?

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