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[Complications of multiple transrectal ultrasound-guided biopsy of the prostate].

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Archivio italiano di urologia, andrologia : organo ufficiale [di] Società italiana di ecografia urologica e nefrologica / Associazione ricerche in urologia
Publication Date
Volume
72
Issue
4
Pages
249–253
Identifiers
PMID: 11221048
Source
Medline
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Abstract

The screening programs for prostate cancer will affect a number increasing of patients over 50 years with consequence rising the bioptic demand. For these reason it's important to know the real morbidity correlate with these widespread diagnostic method that will know a larger use in the future. Our study involve 1.467 patients with median age of 66.7 years (range 45-93). Forty-five were diabetics, 80 took a chronic anti-aggregant salicylic therapy, 25 took a chronic coumarolic anticoagulation therapy, 54 had a recent history of prostatitis. Our major complication rate was 0.7% of patients requesting hospital admission and care. An intermediate category of complications was considered, with complication rate of 6.9% and indication for out-patient treatment. Minor complication rate was 76% without need of therapy. In spite of high number of biopsies per patient, our major complication rate is similar of that demonstrate from other authors. In conclusion, whole complication rate is high, but the incidence of major complications is very low. The complications that need out-patient treatment are limited and acceptable.

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