International Urology and Nephrology

, Volume 45, Issue 6, pp 1539–1544 | Cite as

Prostatic biopsies in selected men aged 75 years and older guide key clinical management decisions

  • A. L. Paterson
  • M. K. Sut
  • A. R. Khan
  • H. K. Sharma
Urology - Original Paper



Increasing life expectancy and PSA testing has increased the number of men over the age of seventy-five presenting for investigation of potential prostate malignancies. Prostatic biopsies provide diagnostic information; however, they are invasive and may not alter management decisions. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate whether prostate biopsies in this age group were justified.

Materials and methods

All men aged 75 years and older who underwent prostatic biopsies between January 2010 and November 2011 at Bedford Hospital were identified and the indication for the biopsies, histopathological results and subsequent management plan investigated.


One hundred and thirty-eight (138) prostatic biopsies were undertaken and malignancies identified in 60/138 (43 %) cases. Prebiopsy PSA and examination findings had a poor positive predictive value of 54 %. Fifty-five out of sixty (92 %) cancers were classified as high or medium risk disease with 30/60 (50 %) patients commencing radiotherapy treatment with curative intent.


In selected patients aged 75 years or over, prostatic biopsies provide important diagnostic information which directly impacts on clinical decisions, supporting their use in this age group.


PSA Prostatic biopsies Ageing male Prostate cancer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. L. Paterson
    • 1
  • M. K. Sut
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. R. Khan
    • 1
  • H. K. Sharma
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of UrologyBedford HospitalBedfordUK
  2. 2.CambridgeUK

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