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Prostate Specific Antigen Test

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Test Overview

Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a glycoprotein produced by prostate gland,  urethra, urethral gland. It is found in very low concentrations in blood. Levels increase in benign prostatic hypertrophy, prostatitis, or prostate cancer. Test is often used to screen patients suspected of prostatic cancer

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This test is often done to screen patients suspected of prostatic cancer. Patients with significantly higher results are offered prostate biopsy to diagnose their condition

This test measures total PSA in serum

This test requires a blood sample. A tourniquet (elastic) band is placed tightly on the upper arm. The patient is then asked to make a fist. This helps in the build-up of blood filling the veins. The skin is disinfected before needle insertion and the blood sample is collected in vacutainer. 

Levels below or within reference interval indicate low/ no chance of prostate cancer.
Levels between 4 - 10 ng/mL fall in grey zone and should be advised free PSA & Free/ Total PSA ratio
Levels more than 10 ng/mL are associated with higher chances of prostatic cancer

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