Stable post-TRUS biopsy sepsis rates and antibiotic resistance over 5 years in patients from Newcastle, New South Wales

George Mirmilstein and John Ferguson
Med J Aust 2015; 202 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/mja14.01571
Published online: 16 March 2015

To the Editor: Sepsis after transrectal ultrasound (TRUS)-guided prostate biopsy is a potentially serious complication. Antibiotic prophylaxis reduces the risk of sepsis; however, practices are highly variable among urologists.

  • George Mirmilstein
  • John Ferguson

  • John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, NSW.



We thank Alexander Grant, Philip Sprott, James Patterson, Terrence Doyle, Paul Ainsworth, Peter Chong, Gias Ahmed, Martin White and Alison Blatt for their generous contribution to the data used in this audit.

Competing interests:

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