Main Prostate Biopsy Dangers
Even though the insertion of the needle is guided by ultrasound
imaging, there is always a danger that the needle may scrape against
some tissues and damage them.
Furthermore, if the biopsy route is
through the anus and the rectum (most common), we know that these are
heavily populated with deadly bacteria.
These may attach to the needle and contaminate the prostate, bladder and blood stream.
This may result in sepsis - a potentially fatal whole-body inflammation that can lead to multiorgan failure and death.
Currently, even the most powerful antibiotics are struggling to come to term with this infection.
This happens so often that in Australia doctors are now cutting back on prostate biopsies.