Effect of patient position on pain scales during transrectal ultrasound-guided prostate biopsy.

PURPOSE - Transrectal ultrasound (TRUS)-guided prostate biopsy is the most useful technique for the diagnosis of prostate cancer; however, many patients describe the procedure as uncomfortable and painful. We investigated the effect of the patient's position on pain scales during TRUS-guided prostate biopsy.

MATERIALS AND METHODS - Between July 2012 and June 2013, a total of 128 consecutive patients who underwent TRUS-guided prostate biopsy were included in this study. Seventy patients underwent the procedure in the lithotomy position performed by a urologist and the other patients (n=58) underwent the procedure in the left lateral decubitus (LLD) position performed by a radiologist. Pain was assessed by using visual analogue scale (VAS) scores from 0 to 10. Using a linear regression model, we analyzed the correlation between pain scale score and clinical variables with a focus on patient position.

RESULTS - No significant differences related to age, body mass index, prostate volume, prostate-specific antigen (PSA), hematuria, pyuria, International Prostate Symptom Score, or the cancer detection rate were observed between the lithotomy and the LLD groups. In the correlation analysis, VAS score showed a significant correlation with diabetes mellitus, PSA level, and lithotomy position (p<0.05). In the multiple linear regression model, VAS score showed a significant correlation with lithotomy position (β=-0.772, p=0.003) and diabetes mellitus (β=-0.803, p=0.033).

CONCLUSIONS - We suggest that the lithotomy position may be the proper way to reduce pain during TRUS-guided prostate biopsy.

Korean J Urol. 2015 Jun;56(6):449-54. doi: 10.4111/kju.2015.56.6.449. Epub 2015 Jun 1.

Kim YU1, Ji YS1, Ko YH1, Song PH1.

Department of Urology, Yeungnam University College of Medicine, Daegu, Korea.

E-Newsletters

Newsletter subscription

Free Daily and Weekly newsletters offered by content of interest

The fields of GU Oncology and Urology are rapidly advancing. Sign up today for articles, videos, conference highlights and abstracts from peer-review publications by disease and condition delivered to your inbox and read on the go.

Subscribe