Diagnosing Kidney Disease

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A man looks through a microscope at a tissue sample of kidney disease.

With one of the country’s first renal pathology labs, the Yale Medicine Department of Pathology is well-known for its expertise in renal (kidney) disease. “We have a longstanding tradition of excellence in kidney pathology,” says pathologist Gilbert Moeckel, MD. “We have a great deal of experience and a large repository of previous cases,” he says. “We have the opportunity to study and compare tens of thousands of kidney biopsies, right here in our biopsy repository.” 

“To make the best diagnosis on the kidney biopsy,” Dr. Moeckel says, “it’s important to have electron microscopy. That equipment is not found in every hospital or private practice physician clinic. We can do very detailed tests that nobody else can do.”