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Prostate Biopsy
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Prostate Biopsy?

A prostate biopsy is the removal of a small amount of tissue from the prostate gland. The tissue is examined to determine whether there is cancer .

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This is usually done as a result of an abnormality found by:

  • Digital rectal exam
  • Prostate specific antigen blood test

A prostate biopsy is the only way to determine the presence of cancer cells.

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a prostate biopsy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Infection
  • Bruising or prolonged bleeding from the rectum or in urine or semen
  • Difficulty urinating

Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • History of bleeding disorders or easy bruising
  • Use of any prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, or herbal supplements
  • Sensitivity or allergy to latex, medicines, or anesthesia

Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the procedure.

Call Your Doctor

After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Inability to urinate
  • Blood in...