Prostate Cancer Test Causing Sepsis Spurs Biopsy Changes

Prostate Cancer Test Causing Sepsis Spurs Biopsy Changes

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Doing a tissue biopsy of the prostate to detect cancer typically entails sending an ultrasound-guided needle about a dozen times through the rectum to collect specimens from the walnut-sized gland that sits under the bladder. The test carries an infection risk because the needle can take bacteria from the bowel into the prostate, bladder and bloodstream.