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Posted by: Petrol | 2009/04/02

HUSBAND'S PROSTATE

The PSA count, does it relate to the size of the (swollen) prostate? Exactly what is the PSA count? His count is now 10, which apparently is well above what it should be for a man his age (62), what are the causes and results of such a high count?

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Dear Petrol,
No it does not have any relation with the size of the prostrate, Prostate specific antigen (PSA) is a protein produced by the cells of the prostate gland and it is an indication of inflammation (like with prostatitis) but can also be a sign of prostate cancer. If elevated, the doctor should do a physical examination of the prostate to feel for cancerous areas and sometimes a sonar is necessary.
Dr Bets

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