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 . Prostate CancerCopyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.
Call Your Doctor
After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
- Inability to urinate
- Blood in the urine more than 2-3 days post-biopsy
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
- Pain, burning, urgency, or frequency of urination
- Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
- Rectal bleeding that lasts more than 2-3 days after the biopsy
In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.
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
Prostate Cancer Copyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.
What to Expect
Reasons for Procedure
A prostate biopsy is usually done after an abnormal finding by:
- Digital rectal exam
- Prostate specific antigen blood test
A prostate biopsy is the only way to find out if cancer cells are present.
Complications are rare. But, no procedure is free of risk. If you are planning to have a prostate biopsy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications. These complications may include:
- Bruising or lengthy bleeding from the rectum or in urine or semen
- Difficulty urinating
- Reactions to anesthesia
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- History of bleeding disorders or easy bruising
- Use of any medications, 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.