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What Does a PSA of 12.7 means.

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What Does a PSA of 12.7 means.

911DOC :

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911DOC :

is this the first time you have had the PSA level drawn?

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Customer:

yes,

911DOC :

so this is the first time you have had this test drawn, correct?

Customer:

yes

911DOC :

okay, was it done as part of a routine checkup or are you having symptoms of prostate enlargment? these would include waking up at night many times to urinate, and an inability to completely empty the bladder.

Customer:

correct.

911DOC :

so this result, if the lab standards are what they are here, is about twice normal. this means there is evidence of prostate inflammation.

911DOC :

inflammation can come from infection, but it can also come from prostate cancer.

911DOC :

you can not make the diagnosis of either infection or cancer based on this test

911DOC :

but your doctor should be arranging follow up testing, which could include a biopsy of the prostate to check for cancer.

911DOC :

is this being done?

Customer:

yes

911DOC :

good

911DOC :

as i stated

911DOC :

cancer is a concern with this value

911DOC :

but infection could be the cause

911DOC :

and if you were here in the states you would be placed on a few weeks of antibiotics and then the test would be repeated

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i am standing by for your question

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'questons'

Customer:

what drugs can help if it is an infection.

911DOC :

typically the prostate antibiotics are, and these are the chemical names and not the brand names, ciprofloxacin or Septra (sulfa).

911DOC :

my current reference lists Septra (sulfa), also called 'trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole' as the first line treatment.

911DOC :

standing by

Customer:

v.good!

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