No specific preparation is needed for the first visit. The health professional will take a detailed medical history and perform a physical examination. The physical examination should include a digital rectal examination of the prostate gland. The health professional will almost certainly require a urine sample. It is a good idea not to empty the bladder shortly before the appointment. A blood sample will be taken to measure the level of PSA.
- Reviewed for Health24 by Dr Pieter Theron, Urologist, Netcare N1 City Hospital, Cape Town, August 2010
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