Prostatic infarction

Dr Henry Knipe and Dr Yuranga Weerakkody et al.

Prostatic infarction refers to necrosis of the prostate gland tissue from a lack of blood supply.

Pathology

Histology

Histology slices on biopsy specimens may show reactive atypia 3.

Causes
  • prostatic artery embolisation
  • presumed pelvic ischaemia after
    • cross-clamping of the aorta for coronary or aortic surgery 4
    • hypotensive myocardial infarction
    • septic shock
Markers

They may cause an elevation of PSA levels 2.

Radiographic features

MRI

Reported signal characteristics in the setting of post prostatic artery embolisation include 1:

  • T1: hyperintense
  • T2: hypointense
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Article information

rID: 42363
System: Urogenital
Section: Pathology
Tag: cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Prostate infarction
  • Infarction of the prostate
  • Infarction of the prostate gland
  • Prostate infarctions

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