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A Novel Pain Alternative for Patients with Anorectal Pathologies: The Comparison of Transperineal Prostatic Blockage Technique with Periprostatic Nerve Blockage and Rectal Gel Technique in Initial Transrectal Ultrasound-Guided Prostate Biopsy - A Prospective, Randomized Trial.

Journal article
Authors Deniz Bolat
Tansu Degirmenci
Bulent Gunlusoy
Erhan Aydin
Özgu Aydogdu
Yasin Ceylan
Published in Urologia internationalis
Volume 97
Issue 4
Pages 416-420
ISSN 1423-0399
Publication year 2016
Published at
Pages 416-420
Language en
Keywords Anesthetics, Local, Biopsy, Humans, Lidocaine, Male, Nerve Block, Pain, Prospective Studies, Prostate, Prostatic Neoplasms
Subject categories Urology and Nephrology


The study aimed to compare the efficiency of periprostatic nerve blockage (PPNB) and intrarectal lidocaine gel (PPNB + gel) with a transperineal prostatic block (TPPB) technique during transrectal ultrasound-guided prostate biopsy (TRUS-PBx) in patients with anorectal pathologies.A total of 376 patients who underwent TRUS-PBx were randomized into 2 groups. Group-I (n = 198) received TPPB with 10 ml 2% prilocaine, and group-II (n = 178) received intrarectal administration of 10 ml 2% lidocaine gel followed by PPNB with 10 ml 2% prilocaine. A 10-point linear visual analogue scale (VAS) was used to assess the pain arising from probe insertion (VAS-1) and prostate sampling (VAS-2).VAS-1 scores were significantly lower in group-I than group-II (1.7 ± 1.9 vs. 3.9 ± 1.5; p < 0.001). Combining local anesthesia produced superior pain control to TPPB during sampling (2.0 ± 1.2 vs. 2.5 ± 2.4; p = 0.015). Following subgroup analyses with reference to concomitant anorectal pathologies, VAS-1 scores were significantly lower in group-I than group-II (2.0 ± 1.8 vs. 5.5 ± 1.7; p < 0.001). VAS-2 scores were lower in group-II than group-I; however, the difference was not considered significant (2.4 ± 1.3 vs. 3.1 ± 2.8; p = 0.303).In all patients referred for TRUS-PBx, TPPB is a good alternative to PPNB + gel. TPPB can be particularly useful for patients with anorectal pathologies due to its improved pain reduction during probe insertion.

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