Friday, September 23, 2011

Prostate Biopsy Increases Risk of Hospitalization

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
Source reference:
Loeb S, et al "Complications after prostate biopsy: Data from SEER-Medicare" J Urol 2011; DOI: 10.1016/j.juro.2011.06.057. 

BLOG: Another flawed TV prostate cancer awareness month segment
The following is a collaborative post written by committee: two of our reviewers who track the prostate cancer literature diligently -- Richard Hoffman, MD, and Ruth Lipman, PhD (both of whose bios you can find at: http://www healthnewsreview full post

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