Prostate cancer detected after Holmium laser enucleation of prostate (HoLEP): significance of transrectal ultrasonography

Myong Kim, Sang Hoon Song, Ja Hyeon Ku, Seung June Oh, Jae Seung Paick

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Purpose: To identify predictors of incidental prostate cancer following Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP).

Methods: We retrospectively analyzed 458 consecutive patients who underwent HoLEP. Patients were classified into two groups: patients who received prostate biopsy prior to HoLEP (biopsy group, n = 174) and patients who did not (non-biopsy group, n = 284). The two groups were compared. Logistic regression analysis was performed to determine the predictive factors.

Results: A total of 27 patients (5.9 %) were incidentally diagnosed with prostate cancer. The incidence of prostate cancer was not significantly different between the two groups (biopsy group vs. non-biopsy group: 6.9 vs. 5.3 %, p = 0.48). Using multivariate analysis, a hypoechoic lesion identified by transrectal ultrasonography (TRUS) was the only predictor of incidental prostate cancer (odds ratio 2.829; 95 % confidence interval 1.061–7.539; p = 0.038). In the biopsy group, there were no significant differences in baseline characteristics including prostate size, prostate-specific antigen (PSA), PSA density, digital rectal examination (DRE) findings, and TRUS findings, between patients with and without prostate cancer. However, in the non-biopsy group, a hypoechoic lesion was found more frequently in patients with prostate cancer (prostate cancer vs. benign prostatic hyperplasia: 20.0 vs. 3.3 %, p = 0.02).

Conclusions: Prior negative prostate biopsy does not rule out the possibility of prostate cancer after HoLEP. The presence of a hypoechoic lesion on TRUS might be helpful to predict incidental prostate cancer after HoLEP in patients with normal PSA and negative DRE. Prostate biopsy prior to HoLEP should be considered in these patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2079-2085
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Urology and Nephrology
Issue number11
StatePublished - 25 Oct 2014

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  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia
  • Holmium laser enucleation
  • Hypoechoic lesion
  • Incidentaloma
  • Prostate biopsy


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