A prostate biopsy has a slight risk of causing
problems such as:
- Infection. This is more common in men who have
prostatitis. Usually, taking antibiotic medicine
before the biopsy prevents an infection from developing.
into the urethra or
bladder. This can cause a blood blister (hematoma), an
inability to urinate, or a need to urinate often.
- Bleeding from the
rectum. If you have a transrectal biopsy, you may experience a small amount of
bleeding from your rectum for 2 to 3 days after the biopsy.
allergic reaction to the anesthetic medicines used
during the biopsy.
After the biopsy
Call your doctor immediately if
- Have heavy bleeding or bleeding continues
longer than 2 to 3 days.
- Have increased pain.
- Have a
- Are unable to urinate within 8 hours or have blood in the
urine for longer than 2 to 3 days.
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
December 28, 2012
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