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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

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Dr. Sheila Smith
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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

Dr. Ralph Wharton
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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