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Eur Urol. 2008 Apr;53(4):767-75; discussion 775-6. Epub 2007 Nov 20.

Prognostic significance of Gleason score discrepancies between needle biopsy and radical prostatectomy.

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Department of Urology, The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD, USA. <>



Discordance between the Gleason score (GS) on needle biopsy (NB) and the GS of the radical prostatectomy (RP) specimen is a common finding. The objective of this study was to evaluate the prognostic significance of these discrepancies with respect to outcomes following RP.


In the study, 6625 men treated by RP were categorized as having NB=RP (68.8%), NB<RP (25.0%) or NB>RP (6.2%) GS, and stratified for analyses into RP GS groups. The Kaplan-Meier method was used to analyze differences in biochemical recurrence-free survival (BRFS), and multivariate Cox analyses were performed to estimate the independent relative risk of progression associated with GS discrepancies.


Across multiple RP GS strata (3+4, 7, 8, 8-10), patients with a lower NB GS experienced significantly better BRFS than patients with equal NB and RP GS (all p<0.05). NB<RP GS was independently associated with better (pooled HR, 0.76, p=0.001) BRFS, within and across RP GS strata. Similarly, patients with NB>RP GS had poorer BRFS than patients with NB=RP GS across multiple RP GS strata (< or =3+3, 3+4, 7; all p<0.05). NB>RP GS was independently associated with worse (pooled HR, 1.91, p<0.001) BRFS probabilities, within and across RP GS strata.


Our data suggest that the GS of the NB adds additional prognostic value to the RP GS in a consistent manner that may be applicable to strategies of risk stratification and patient counseling after surgery.

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