Men who underwent prostate biopsy were more than twice as likely to be hospitalized within 30 days compared with men who did not undergo the procedure, a study of Medicare beneficiaries showed.
Procedural complications, such as infection and bleeding, as well as exacerbations of comorbid conditions contributed to a hospitalization rate of 6.9% following prostate biopsy versus a 2.9% hospitalization rate for controls (P<0.0001).
Primary source: Journal of Urology
Loeb S, et al "Complications after prostate biopsy: Data from SEER-Medicare" J Urol 2011; DOI: 10.1016/j.juro.2011.06.057.
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