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Letters Optimising prostate biopsy

What about seeding during prostate biopsy?

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 14 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1029
  1. G David Stainsby, retired orthopaedic surgeon1
  1. 1Newcastle upon Tyne NE20 9RB, UK
  1. gdavidstainsby{at}

Neither the study of the short term outcomes of prostate biopsy nor the accompanying editorial covers the potential of transrectal ultrasound guided (TRUS) prostate biopsy to cause needle track seeding and extracapsular extension of tumour.1 2

This was identified in 1991 and acknowledged in a 1997 Health Technology Assessment report.3 4 It noted that diagnosis of …

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