Send to

Choose Destination
J Urol. 2000 Aug;164(2):393-6.

Extensive biopsy protocol improves the detection rate of prostate cancer.

Author information

Departments of Urology and Pathology, Bichat-Claude Bernard Hospital, Paris, France.



We evaluated improvement in the rate of prostate cancer detection when using an extensive biopsy protocol involving peripheral cores.


We prospectively evaluated 303 consecutive men who underwent transrectal ultrasound guided biopsy due to elevated prostate specific antigen (PSA) and/or abnormal digital rectal examination. Ten biopsies were performed, including at least 5 at the base and middle of each lobe. In addition to standard biopsy at a 45-degree angle, a more peripheral 30-degree angle biopsy was obtained. At the apex only 1 standard biopsy was done. However, when prostate volume was greater than 50 cm.3, an additional peripheral biopsy was obtained at the apex.


The complication rate in this biopsy protocol was 1% (3 patients). Prostate cancer was detected in 118 of the 303 men (38. 9%). Overall this extensive protocol resulted in 6.6% improvement in the detection rate. Improvement was 6.5% in men with PSA 10 ng./ml. or less and 7% in those with PSA greater than 10 (not significant).


Increasing the number of biopsy cores and improving prostate peripheral zone sampling resulted in a significant improvement in the detection of prostate cancer.

Comment in

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Loading ...
Support Center