Prostate specific antigen (PSA) is a protein made only by the prostate. Through a simple blood test the level can be measured and used as a screening test for prostate cancer. Your level will be compared to normal levels which have been established for different ages. However, a level above the normal range can be caused by conditions other than prostate cancer. And likewise, a low PSA does not totally rule out prostate cancer.
Elevated PSA discovered during routine checkups are a common reason patients are referred to West Georgia Urology. We seek to find the underling cause of the elevated PSA and develop an individual medical plan for each patient.
Our medical staff will start by getting a complete medical history and performing a physical exam. This evaluation may include the following:
- Urine culture and sensitivity
- PSA (total)
- PSA free
- Digital rectal examination
- Prostate ultrasound
- Transrectal ultrasound-guided biopsy of the prostate
Treatment for elevated PSA depends on the underlying cause and each patient will be provided a medical plan based on his individual needs.