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Do prostate biopsies usually cause side effects?

Do prostate biopsies usually cause side effects?

Yes: The most common side effects are short term such as bleeding in the urine, bleeding in the stool, and blood in the sperm. Occasionally, a serious rectal infection can occur. Long term side are very rare. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Biopsy (Definition)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more


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I had a prostate biopsy 5 days ago, last night I got realy bad pains in the left side of my stomack shuold I be worried about thi age 66?

I had a prostate biopsy 5 days ago, last night I got realy bad pains in the left side of my stomack shuold I be worried about thi age 66?

Get evaluated.: What you are describing is not a common side effect of a prostate needle biopsy. Adverse events usually include blood in the urine & ejaculate, fever, rectal bleeding, and infection. Abdominal pain is not a commonly reported, but should be evaluated if the symptoms are significant. ...Read more

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What do I do to prep for a prostate biopsy?

What do I do to prep for a prostate biopsy?

Follow Doc's...: Modern prostate biopsy is done under trans-rectal ultrasound guidance after cleansing the bowel and giving antibiotics. But the regimen for bowel prep and antibiotic use has changed and evolved drastically over the past 15 yrs due to emerging bacterial resistance, and still highly vary among doc although general consensus has arrived. So, ask and follow your doc's. ...Read more

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How frequently should prostate biopsy be done?

Depend...: High concern for prostate cancer leads to do prostate biopsy and is based on the changing pattern of PSA iver time and the finding on digital rectal exam (DRE). How often? The combined info from assessing risk factors, DRE findings, PSA moving attern, prior biopsy finding will help decide how often to go prostate biopsy. If highly concerned, repeat in 6 months, but rarely need that. Ask Doc timely ...Read more

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What is a prostate biopsy and how is it performed?

Office procedure: Usually done in the office, it is a probe inserted in the rectum to ultrasound your prostate. A nerve block is used to help with the pain. In about 5 minutes, your urologist will sample 10 -12 areas in a systematic fashion. Tissue is then sent to the pathologist for analysis. ...Read more

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Why would a prostate biopsy take 6 months to heal?

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Here are some... Yes: The pace of healing after prostate biopsy widely varies to reflect the degree and kind of biopsy-related tissue injury-though intended-and personal healing ability with or without its related infection, though rare. Besides, personal pain tolerance plays an important role in sensing the lingering discomfort. Technically, prostate biopsy is blind to visualiiize nerve & vessel so rare damage to them ...Read more

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Is it true that a prostate biopsy is really dangerous?

See answer: Prostate cancer (pca) is 2nd leading cause cancer death. Prostate bx is essential procedure for detecting pca and coupled with appropriate screening and informed consent, prostate biopsy and early detection saves lives. Though generally safe and well-tolerated, there are associated risks: severe infection requiring hospitalization (1-4%); significant bleeding (1-4%); and urinary retention (1%). ...Read more

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I'm nervous and scared about prostate biopsy. What might happen?

Small discomfort: Done in drs office small amt of pain need to do it! ...Read more

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Should an individual feel any pain after having a prostate biopsy?

Should an individual feel any pain after having a prostate biopsy?

See answer: It is not unusual to have some discomfort or pain in prostate/pelvic region along with some minor bleeding from rectum, penis, and/or in urine for 1-2 days and blood in semen for at least several weeks. Any persistent or worsening pain, pain or swelling of the testicles, fever (>100.5)/chills, difficulty voiding should prompt a call to your md or a visit to the er. ...Read more

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How long bleeding after prostate biopsy last?

< a couple days: It is not that you are still bleeding for days, but the clots may be seen for a couple of days after the biopsy. They are seen in urine or in ejaculate. However, for someone who is 37 years old, a prostate biopsy seems very odd. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is involved in a prostate biopsy?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is involved in a prostate biopsy?

Here are...: Bowel prep to keep rectum empty so to avoid sound transmission; take antibiotics timely; do urinalysis to make sure of no active UTI; insert ultrasound probe through anus into rectum while hip in full flexsion (usually in lateral position); Doc will visualize the shape and texture of prostate tissue to selectively or randomly obtain small piece of tissue (1 x 20 mm) with special needle under aneth ...Read more

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After prostate biopsy I'm having a low semen eyaculation. What causes it?

After prostate biopsy I'm having a low semen eyaculation. What causes it?

Diminishing Semen: There could be several reasons: inflammation leading to less semen as the prostate heals. Retrograde ejaculation into the bladder due to prostate inflammation. Or, as in most of our cases less semen is produced as we age. ...Read more

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Why would a prostate biopsy results be delayed?

Challenging cases: Some biopsy findings are clear-cut. Some are challenging. There are biopsy findings which sometimes are difficult to classify, so pathologists will do additional testing, apply different chemical stains to the tissues in question, to try and discover the correct interpretation of the tissue. This can take time. It tries one's patience to wait, but the accuracy is worth the wait time. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about prostate biopsy?

See below: After cleaning the lower colon, an ultrasound probe is inserted into the rectum to visualize the gland and lesions, if detectable. A modified large bore needle is used to take cores, usually multiple, from the gland. The tissue is examined by a pathologist for diagnosis for cancer. See this site for more info. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/prostate-biopsy/my00182. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover prostate biopsy?

Bleeding: If you are referring to bleeding, assuming you are not on any blood thinning medications, it could be anywhere up to around 2 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal after a prostate biopsy?

How long does it take to heal after a prostate biopsy?

Depends: Usually after 48 hrs most of the symptoms will be gone. The most common are pain with urination, pain with bowel movements and sometimes bllod in the urine. If you have a high fever or prolonged bleeding call your urologist immediately.
Patricio gargollo, md
pediatric urology, dallas texas. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to get results from a prostate biopsy as late as two weeks?

Prostate biopsy: The turnaround time to get results from a biopsy depends on where your doctor is sending the tissue to be reviewed. Most biopsies take 2-3 days to be processed and reviewed, but a slightly complicated case may take 5-6 days and a very complicated case might take longer. Also, after the biopsy report is available, it might take a few days for your doctor to actually view it. ...Read more

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Please tell me what does a prostate biopsy entail and what can I expect afterwards?

Biopsy: Most prostate biopsies are done with you lying on your side, an ultrasound probe placed in the rectum through which numbing medicine can be administered around the prostate prior to taking small needle samples of the prostate, again through the ultrasound probe. Patients give themselves an enema at home prior to the biopsy, and take antibiotics before and after the biopsy for safety. ...Read more

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Why are they still doing prostate biopsy's when they are not 100% accurate and there are complications?

Good: Question for an urologist, but my guess is that many will have benign prostate hypertrophy and when prostate on palpating is not smooth and irregular, with an equivocal psa level, the biopsy of a suspicious area may pick up malignant cells before they may spread. ...Read more

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How is a bone test done after a prostate biopsy?

How is a bone test done after a prostate biopsy?

Bone Scan: You get an injection of a radioactive material. Two hours later, you return to nuclear medicine and lay under a machine called gamma camera for about 40 to 45 min for getting pictures of your bone to see if your prostate cancer had spread to the bone. ...Read more

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Do men have to wear condoms after having a prostate biopsy?

Do men have to wear condoms after having a prostate biopsy?

Not usually: There will be some blood in the urine after a prostate biopsy but it is usually very small and not of concern. If there is a lot of bleeding or other unusual symptoms, then a followup with the doctor should be sought immediately. ...Read more

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Do I need a prostate biopsy if my psa is 2.4 and I am 65 yr old?

Maybe: If you haven't already had one, you definitely need a good exam of your prostate, called a "digital rectal exam". This means your doctor feels the surface of your prostate gland with his or her finger inserted into your rectum. Any enlargement or nodules on your prostate gland would favor biopsy. This simple exam is often skipped due to embarrassment of the doctor or the patient. Ask for it! ...Read more

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What diseases other than cancer are caught by a prostate biopsy?

What diseases other than cancer are caught by a prostate biopsy?

Prostatitis: A prostate biopsy is performed with an ultrasound probe in the rectum and a thin needle that goes through the wall of the rectum into the prostate gland. The most common non-cancer diagnosis is prostatitis. There are other pathologic findings like cellular atypia, prostate intraepithelial neoplasia (pin). Rarely, a rectal cancer can be found as well. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have blood in my urine after having a prostate biopsy?

Is it normal to have blood in my urine after having a prostate biopsy?

Yes: After a prostate biopsy, one can expect to have blood in the urine, stool, and sperm. These are usually self-limited and need no special treatment. Increase your fluid intake and monitor. If there is any pain, fevers, or heavy bleeding, call you urologist immediately. ...Read more

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How likely is it that my prostate biopsy results were a false positive?

Very rare: Prostate biopsies are the only way to initially diagnose prostate cancer. Although a false positive result may occur, it is very unlikely and unlikely to occur. The grading of prostate cancer is fairly uniform known as the gleason grade and can be readily identified by a qualified pathologist. ...Read more

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My PSA went or increased to a 5. Going for prostate biopsy, is it painful?

Yes, and treatable: There is pain but not too bad. Any over the counter medication like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin should be sufficient to relieve the pain. ...Read more

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Why do I need to give myself an enema before my prostate biopsy procedure?

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Why do I need to give myself an enema before my prostate biopsy procedure?

Because...: The presence of fecal material inside the rectum will not just interfere sound transmission so to impair the imaging quality of the prostate. But also make the rectum be more bacteria-rich environment so to increase chance of infecting the prostate.

So, an enema accomplishes these two goals; our body can defend and life can live on without a hitch. ...Read more

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How long after having a prostate biopsy should I be seeing blood in my semen?

Weeks to months: Hematospermia/hemospermia is very common immediately after a PNBx, but may continue for up to several months afterwards as well. Of course, other factors such as asprin/NSAIDs may prolong your "bleeding.". ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Prostate (Definition)

The prostate is a gland that lies at the base of the bladder and surrounding a segment of urethra. It secretes a milky fluid that is discharged by excretory ducts into the urethra during the emission of semen. It is clinically important because enlargement of the prostate with age, and prostate cancer are two common ...Read more