Dear Dr. Greenstein:
My friend ,who is in his early 50s, just got the results of his annual PSA test - it was between 4-5. The results of his previous 6 annual tests were in the 1-2 range every year, until now. His brother recently had his prostate removed due to cancer.
He now has to see a specialist. We are both very concerned, but should we be that worried?
First, I never tell people to worry before we have all the answers. In this situation, it is crucial to know if this man has any new voiding problems such as burning, slow stream or the sensation he is not emptying his bladder. These symptoms can indicate prostate inflammation, which can falsely elevate the PSA value. In those cases, a course of antibiotics are warranted and the PSA can be repeated after finishing the antibiotics.
If the PSA normalizes then this man can continue to have his prostate examined every 6 - 12 months. The physical exam is also very important. The discovery o...
Dear Dr. Motola,
Four years ago I had surgery for a left inguinal
hernia, which unfortunately resulted in uncorrected internal post-op bleeding
causing ischemia and subsequent atrophy to the left testicle. Until
recently, I've never had my testosterone level checked against the reference
range. I am 83 years old and in very good health. I am told the normal
reference range is 200 to 900, hence my question ... is 259 good or bad
and is it dependent upon both testes functioning? My PSA level averages
3.5 and DRE tests are always normal. I have BPH . I am sexually active but not
as frequently as in the past.
start to fall after age 40. Symptoms
associated with decreased levels include memory loss, mood changes, depression ,
increased fat mass, loss of muscle mass, and a decrease in sexual function. These
symptoms are also associated with the aging process. Many times patients may
experience some of these symptoms, h...
Alternative Names Prostate-specific antigen; Prostatecancer screening test Normal Values No certain PSA level that is called normal or abnormal. No PSA level means you do or do not have prostate cancer. Remember that the PSA test cannot diagnose cancer. Only a biopsy can diagnose cancer. Always discuss PSA test results with your doctor Your doctor will look at your PSA results and must consider your age, your race, medicines you are taking, and a number of other factors to decide whether your PSA is normal and whether you need more tests done. Older men typically have slightly higher PSA levels than younger men. Normal ranges by age group commonly used include: Men below age 50: PSA less than 2.5 Men 50 - 59 years: PSA level less than 3.5 Men 60 - 69 years: PSA level less than 4.5 Men older than 70 years: PSA level less than 6.5 Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories. Talk to your doctor about the meaning of your specific test results. What abnormal results mean A high...
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