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Safety of transrectal ultrasound-guided prostate biopsy in patients affected by Crohn’s disease

Lucio Dell'Atti, Andrea Benedetto Galosi
  • Lucio Dell'Atti
    Department of Urology, University Hospital “Ospedali Riuniti”, Ancona, Italy |
  • Andrea Benedetto Galosi
    Department of Urology, University Hospital “Ospedali Riuniti”, Ancona, Italy


Purpose: Crohn’s disease (CD) is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. It is usually considered a contraindication to transrectal ultrasound-guided prostate biopsy (TRUSBx). The aim of this study was to investigate the safety of TRUSBx in a small cohort of patients with CD. Methods: We queried our institutional database clinical data of patients with a diagnosis of CD undergoing TRUSBx, and a retrospective prospective study of 5 patients was planned. All patients enrolled were in the remission phase of CD and asymptomatic. They received the same antibiotic prophylaxis and a povidone-iodine aqueous solution enema before the procedure. A standardized reproducible technique was used with using a ultrasound machine equipped with a 5-9 MHz multifrequency convex probe “end-fire”. The patients were treated under local anaesthesia, and a 14-core biopsy scheme was performed in each patient as first intention. After the procedure each patient was given a verbal numeric pain scale to evaluate tolerability of TRUSBx. Results: TRUSBx was successfully completed in all patients. The number of biopsy cores was 14 (12-16). Of the 5 biopsy procedures performed 40% revealed prostatic carcinoma (PCa) with a Gleason score 6 (3+3). No patients required catheterization or admission to the hospital for adverse events after the procedure. The most frequent adverse event was hematospermia (60%), while hematuria was present in 20% of patients and a minimal rectal bleeding in 20% of the patients. No patients reported severe or unbearable pain (score ≥ 8). Conclusions: This study suggests that CD may not be an absolute contraindication to TRUSBx for prostate cancer detection, but still requires a careful patients selection.


Crohn’s disease; Inflammatory bowel disease; Prostate biopsy; Ultrasonography; Prostate cancer; Complications.

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Submitted: 2017-03-08 11:48:35
Published: 2017-06-30 00:00:00
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