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Letters Biopsying the prostate

Antibiotic resistance and transrectal prostate biopsies

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 26 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1171
  1. Rhydian J Davies, core trainee year 3, infectious diseases1,
  2. Brian M Stephenson, consultant surgeon1,
  3. Meirion Llewelyn, consultant infectious diseases1,
  4. Adam C Carter, consultant urologist1,
  5. Elizabeth Kubiak, consultant microbiologist1
  1. 1Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport NP20 2UB, UK
  1. rhyd.davies{at}

We wish to add to the comprehensive review of prostate screening.1 Before considering the management of any potential cancer, a persistently raised prostate specific antigen test result usually demands a tissue sample, most often obtained transrectally. However, such sampling …

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