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    Prostate Bx linked to rising hospitalization rates

     

    “Our data show that severe infections with hospitalization after prostate biopsy are increasing in Sweden. The rate of hospital admission increased twofold during this 5-year period. However, the risk of dying of an infection after prostate biopsy is very low,” said lead investigator Karl-Johan Lundström, MD, of Umeå University, Östersund, Sweden.

    Dr. Lundström called the increasing hospitalization trend “concerning” and said it “highlights the importance of carefully evaluating the indications for biopsy, especially in men at increased risk of infection.”

    Anthony Schaeffer, MD, of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, who was not involved with the research, commented that the study “adds further support to the emerging data that the number of serious and minor infections of TRUS biopsies are rising worldwide.”

    “As with any infection, the incidence and impact is more severe in patients with comorbidities such as diabetes and obesity. Not only should the decision to perform a biopsy be weighed more carefully, but the significance of resistance to routine prophylaxis should be re-evaluated,” Dr. Schaeffer said.


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    Benjamin P. Saylor
    Benjamin P. Saylor is associate editor of Urology Times, an Advanstar Communications publication.

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