A prostate biopsy has a slight risk of causing problems such as:
- Infection. This is more common in men who have undiagnosed Reference prostatitis Opens New Window. Usually, taking antibiotic medicine before the biopsy prevents an infection from developing.
- Bleeding into the urethra or Reference bladder Opens New Window. 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.
- An Reference allergic reaction Opens New Window to the anesthetic medicines used during the biopsy.
After the biopsy
Call your doctor immediately if you:
- Have heavy bleeding or bleeding continues longer than 2 to 3 days.
- Have increased pain.
- Have a fever.
- Are unable to urinate within 8 hours or have blood in the urine for longer than 2 to 3 days.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference January 31, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology