Single positive core prostate cancer in a 12-core transrectal biopsy scheme: Clinicopathological implications compared with multifocal counterpart

Hong Jae Ahn, Young Hwii Ko, Hoon Ah Jang, Sung-Gu Kang, Seok Ho Kang, Hong Seok Park, Jeong Gu Lee, Je-Jong Kim, Jun Cheon

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Purpose: The incidence of single positive core prostate cancer at the time of biopsy appears to be increasing in the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) era. To determine the clinical implication of this disease, we analyzed surgical and pathological characteristics in comparison with multiple positive core disease. Materials and Methods: Among 108 consecutive patients who underwent robotic radical prostatectomy following a diagnosis of prostate cancer based on a 12-core transrectal biopsy performed by the same method in a single institute, outcomes from 26 patients (Group 1) diagnosed on the basis of a single positive biopsy core and from 82 patients (Group 2) with multiple positive biopsy cores were analyzed. Results: The preoperative PSA value, Gleason score, prostate volume, and D'Amico's risk classification of each group were similar. The proportion of intermediate + high-risk patients was 69.2% in Group 1 and 77.9% in Group 2 (p=0.22). Total operative time and blood loss were similar. Based on prostatectomy specimens, only 3 patients (11.5%) in Group 1 met the criteria for an indolent tumor (7.31% in Group 2). Although similarities were observed during preoperative clinical staging (p=0.13), the final pathologic stage was significantly higher in Group 2 (p=0.001). The positive-margin rate was also higher in Group 2 (11.5% vs. 31.7%, p=0.043). Despite similarity in upstaging after prostatectomy in each group (p=0.86), upgrading occurred more frequently in Group 1 (p=0.014, 42.5% vs. 19.5%). No clinical parameters were valuable in predicting upgrading. Conclusions: Most single positive core prostate cancer diagnoses in 12-core biopsy were clinically significant with similar risk stratification to multiple positive core prostate cancers. Although the positive-margin rate was lower than in multiple positive core disease, an increase in Gleason score after radical prostatectomy occurred more frequently.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)671-676
Number of pages6
JournalKorean Journal of Urology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Oct 1



  • Biopsy
  • Prostatectomy
  • Prostatic neoplasms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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