Prostate Specific Antigen Test Care
Prostate Specific Antigen Test Details
Alternate Names for Prostate Specific Antigen Test:
- Ejaculation can cause PSA levels to rise. Avoid sexual activity for 2-3 days before testing.
Some procedures can elevate PSA levels. Schedule your PSA test several weeks after any of these:
- Any prostate surgery (eg, TURP )
- Prostate biopsy
- Prostate massage
- Wait several weeks after successful treatment of prostate infections.
Some medicines can lower PSA levels. Tell your doctor if you are taking:
- Finasteride (eg, Propecia, Proscar)
- Dutasteride (eg, Avodart)
You will roll up your sleeve. An elastic band will be wrapped around your upper arm. An area on your arm will be cleaned with alcohol. The needle will then be inserted into your arm. A small amount of blood will be drawn into a tube. The needle will be removed. Pressure will be applied to the puncture site. A small bandage may be placed on the site. Your blood will be sent to a lab for testing.After Test
You will be able to leave after the test is done.How Long Will It Take?
Drawing blood takes only a few minutes.Will It Hurt?
It may be uncomfortable when the needle pierces your skin.
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What to Expect
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Call Your Doctor
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