Complications of transrectal biopsy examination of the prostate

Leonidas W. Dowlen, Norman L. Block, Victor A. Politano

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A retrospective analysis of 158 transrectal prostatic needle biopsy examinations done in 140 patients from Jan 1, 1968, through April 30, 1972, showed 62 complications in 51 biopsies. Fourteen major complications occurred in 11 patients. Fever developed in 41 (26%) of the patients. A review of the literature dealing with complications of prostatic biopsy is given. The following recommendations are made: the use of the perineal approach whenever possible; the use of prophylactic antimicrobials; hospitalization for prostatic biopsy examination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1453-1456
Number of pages4
JournalSouthern medical journal
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1974

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