Single-Dose Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Core Prostate Biopsy: Impact of Timing and Identification of Risk Factors.

Sandra Lindstedt, Ulla Lindström, Eva Ljunggren, Björn Wullt, Magnus Grabe

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objectives: To assess the level of infectious complications and the impact of timing of a single, prophylactic, oral dose of ciprofloxacin 750 mg given either 2 hours before or in conjunction with ultrasound -guided core biopsy of the prostate in men without recognised risk factors and to analyse potential risk factors. Methods: All men undergoing prostate biopsy for elevated prostate specific antigen or clinical suspected prostate cancer were enrolled in an open, comparative prospective study. Excluded were men with recognised risk factors for infective complications. Two end points were chosen: febrile genitourinary infection and the results of postbiopsy urine culture. Results: A total of 1322 prostate biopsy occasions were made in 1157 men. Twelve (0.9%) cases of febrile genitourinary infections were recorded, two of which had proven sepsis. Administrating the drug 2 hours before or at the time of biopsy (p > 0.5) showed no statistical difference. Eight of 12 patients were shown to have prebiopsy undisclosed risk factors. Four percent developed postbiopsy, asymptomatic, significant bacteriuria. In addition, three (27%) men with prebiopsy unrecognised bacteriuria, who were accidentally enrolled, developed febrile genitourinary infection; one had proven sepsis. Conclusions: A single high-dose of oral ciprofloxacin 750 mg can be administered in direct conjunction with prostate biopsy to men without recognised risk factors, keeping the infection rate at approximately 1%. Bacteriuria before biopsy is a major risk factor for infective complications. Attention given to recognising individual risk factors would reduce the risk of infection further. (c) 2006 European Association of Urology. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)832-837
JournalEuropean Urology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Bibliographical note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015.
The record was previously connected to the following departments: Department of Urology, Lund (013077000), Urology (013243400), Division of Urological Cancers (013243420)

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Urology and Nephrology


  • prostate biopsy
  • urinary tract infection
  • genitourinary infection
  • infection surveillance
  • antibiotic prophylaxis


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