What Are the Adverse Effects of Prostate Artery Embolization?

Q:
What are the adverse effects of prostate artery embolization?

A:
Prostate artery embolization (PAE) is a promising therapy of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH).

Speaking of the procedures of PAE, it uses microparticles injected via a small catheter to block the blood flow of small branches of the prostatic arteries, thus decreasing the size of the prostate gland.

But prostate artery embolization (PAE) does have adverse effects. The most common adverse effects are acute urinary retention, rectal bleeding, pain and blood in the urine or sperm, and urinary tract infection.

Serious complications include arterial dissection, bladder wall ischemia and persistent urinary tract.

Keyword: prostate artery embolization; prostatic artery embolization

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