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Bratislava Medical Journal Vol.120, No.5, p.331–335, 2019

Title: The use of European Randomized study of Screening for Prostate Cancer calculator as a diagnostic tool for prostate biopsy indication
Author: J. Breza, F. Subin, M. Bernadic, M. Tomas, D. Pindak

Abstract: BACKGROUND: It is a well-known fact, that too many men are having prostate biopsy performed with negative biopsy results. The decision to undertake prostate biopsy is usually based on prostate specific antigen (PSA) level and digital rectal examination (DRE). A risk-based strategy may reduce the numbers of unnecessary prostate biopsies.
METHODS: Retrospective statistical analysis of data from 195 men undergoing their initial prostate biopsy from 1.1.2015 to 31.12.2015 based on elevated PSA ≥ 4.0 ng/ml and/or abnormal DRE were included. Subsequent risk stratification using the European Randomized study of Screening for Prostate Cancer calculator (ERSPC) was used with the intent to calculate the accuracy of ERSPC with the aim to avoid unnecessary (negative) prostate biopsies.
RESULTS: The specific values of sensitivity and specificity in this cohort were 94.34 % and 24.72 %. In direct comparison of PSA and ERSPC calculator, the differences between sensitivity, specificity, negative predictive value and false omission rate as negative were statistically insignificant, but the positive predictive value was on the edge of statistical significance (p = 0.054), slightly in favor for ERSPC calculator.
CONCLUSION: PSA still remains the single most predictive factor for identifying men with an increased risk of prostate cancer to be detected on prostate biopsy, but using other risk factors included in ERSPC can considerably reduce the numbers of unnecessary biopsies on initial screening (Tab. 4, Fig. 2, Ref. 23).

Keywords: prostate, biopsy, risk, antigen
Published online: 21-May-2019
Year: 2019, Volume: 120, Issue: 5 Page From: 331, Page To: 335

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