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Safety and detailed patterns of morbidity of transrectal ultrasound guided needle biopsy of prostate in a urologist-led unit

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Objective: We prospectively evaluate the safety, morbidity and characteristics of complications for transrectal ultrasound guided needle biopsy of prostate carried out solely by urologists in a single unit. This will help to counsel patient prior to the biopsy. Patients and methods: One hundred consecutive patients were recruited to complete questionnaires prospectively, 2 weeks and 3 months after TRUS and prostate biopsy. Haematospermia, haematuria and rectal bleeding characteristics were evaluated. Pain, analgesia requirement, infection and urinary retention rates were also assessed. Results: Ninety-two patients (92%) returned questionnaires 2 weeks and 63 patients (63%) three months after the biopsy. At 2 weeks questionnaire, 58 patients (63%) experienced haematuria and 9 patients (10%) for more than 1 week. Eighty-five percent of the 58 patients who had haematuria described it as mild and intermittent. Twenty-three (25%) patients experienced a rectal bleed and none for more than four days. Only 1 patient experienced clots with the rectal bleeding. Twelve (13%) patients had difficulty passing urine but the symptoms resolved by day four. Acute urinary retention did not occur. Thirty-five (38%) patients had some degree of discomfort and only one patient had pain for more than three days. Twenty-five (27%) patients took analgesia between 1 and 8 days (Mean 3 days). Two patients had a urinary tract infection despite prophylactic antibiotics. At three months, 4 patients (6%) had experienced secondary haematuria 3 weeks after the biopsy. Two patients experienced more rectal bleeding 2 weeks after the biopsy and 1 patient had residual discomfort 2 weeks after the procedure. Thirteen patients (21%) had haematospermia between day 6 and 56 (Mean 21 days). Conclusions: Transrectal ultrasound guided biopsy of the prostate is generally well tolerated with minor pain and morbidity in our urologist-led service. Our data will assist counselling of patients prior to the procedure.

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Lee, G., Attar, K., Laniado, M. et al. Safety and detailed patterns of morbidity of transrectal ultrasound guided needle biopsy of prostate in a urologist-led unit. Int Urol Nephrol 38, 281–285 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11255-006-6671-6

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