Ways to reduce prostate biopsy complications

08/26/2014 | Medscape (free registration)

Serious infections are becoming a more common complication of transrectal ultrasound-guided biopsy of the prostate, but researchers suggest changes in protocols could help. One researcher in the study published in The Journal of Urology calls for skipping biopsy in men who are unlikely to benefit from treatment. For men who are good biopsy candidates, administration of a 10% povidone-iodine solution prior to prostate biopsy may reduce infection risks. Some clinicians perform a transperineal prostate biopsy, avoiding the rectum altogether to prevent infection.

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