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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 334-338  

Role of transrectal sectional sonography (TRSS) in management of prostatic abscesses

1 Department of Radiology, Alazhar University, Cairo, Egypt
2 Department of Urology, Alazhar University, Cairo, Egypt

Date of Submission18-May-2013
Date of Acceptance24-Jun-2014
Date of Web Publication9-Jul-2015

Correspondence Address:
Mohamed Abdelkhalek
Department of Urology, Alazhar University, Cairo
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-7796.158505

PMID: 26229321

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Aim: The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of transrectal sectional sonography (TRSS) in the diagnosis and treatment of prostatic abscess.
Materials and Methods: Eighteen patients with prostatic abscesEs were the material of the present study. The criteria of abscess collection within the prostate gland and the periprostatic tissues were confirmed by TRSS, which guided the aspiration in all patients.
Results: Diagnosis and transperineal needle aspiration of prostatic abscesses were successful in all cases. After the second puncture procedure, recurrence noted in 2 (11.1%) out of 18 patients, who were further subjected to transurethral deroofing under TRSS vision. The amount of pus drained ranged between 3.6 and 29.3 mL (mean: 15.1 mLSD ± 1.5), compatible with the estimated volume by virtual organ computer-aided analysis three-dimensional measurements. The most frequently involved organism was Escherichia coli. All patients received intravenous antibiotics (third generation cephalosporin) after the midstream urine analysis and further proper antibiotics, according to the aspirated pus culture and sensitivity.
Conclusions: Transrectal sectional sonography could be a more reliable method in the diagnosis of prostatic abscesses. It can provide precise needle-guides into the best drainage location of the abscess cavity and justify transurethral unroofing if persistent recurrence is there.

Keywords: Acute prostatitis, prostatic abscess, transrectal sectional sonography

How to cite this article:
Elwagdy S, Abdelkhalek M, El-Kheshen A, Aun AA, Mostafa A. Role of transrectal sectional sonography (TRSS) in management of prostatic abscesses. Urol Ann 2015;7:334-8

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Elwagdy S, Abdelkhalek M, El-Kheshen A, Aun AA, Mostafa A. Role of transrectal sectional sonography (TRSS) in management of prostatic abscesses. Urol Ann [serial online] 2015 [cited 2021 Oct 25];7:334-8. Available from: https://www.urologyannals.com/text.asp?2015/7/3/334/158505

   Introduction Top

Prostatic abscess is a rare disease representing approximately 0.5% of all prostate diseases. [1] It can affect men at any age, but more often if affects patients in the fifth and sixth decade of life. [2] The clinical diagnosis of prostatic abscess, in the past, was based on digital rectal examination (DRE), which is mostly unreliable and depends mostly on the sense and experience of urologists. [3] In recent times, the diagnosis has been facilitated by the development of ultrasound (US), [4],[5] computed tomography (CT), [6],[7] magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), [6],[7] and, rarely, scintigraphy. [8] However, conventional two-dimensional transrectal ultrasound (TRUS), introduced by Watanabe and associates in 1971, [9] is the present leading imaging modality for the management of prostatic abscesses. Nevertheless, the anatomical reference points of two-dimensional TRUS are restricted by the limited viewing planes to guide the needle to the best drainage point of the lesion. Many authors consider the poor-edge definition of two-dimensional TRUS (due to the thick plane of viewing and speckles are the main reasons for lesion disorientations), and the multiple trials in redirecting the tip of needle into the best point for drainage within the cavity of prostatic abscesses. [10],[11],[12] Transrectal sectional sonography (TRSS) is an upgrade of dimensional US (three-dimensional US) imaging, based on the production of real-time, multiresolution very thin (0.5-1 mm) contiguous optical slicing of the three-dimensional volume. Each slice has a specific color and represents a specific location on the reference plane. In addition, each slice can be manipulated to the X-Y-Z axes to cope with the needle guideline, which ensures the needle's correct path. This is the essence of the TRSS technique, a sit provides real-time enlightenment and mapping for definitive diagnosis and guidance [Figure 1] compared to conventional two-dimensional TRUS The purpose of our study was to evaluate the feasibility of TRSS in the diagnosis and mapping for precise puncture drainage of prostatic abscesses, and to discuss our experience of the art of diagnosis and treatment To the best of our knowledge, no previous studies addressing TRSS in the diagnosis and treatment of prostatic abscesses have been published before the present investigation.
Figure 1: Diagram demonstrating transrectal sectional sonography of prostatic gland in the diagnosis and transperineal aspiration of abscesses. The dashed lines represent the sectional cuts on which any plane can be selected. The needle tip meets the best cut line at the biopsy guideline summing junction during abscess evacuation

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   Materials and methods Top

The study protocol was approved by the local Ethics Committee. We prospectively examined 18 men with prostatic abscesses who presented to our outpatient department at Azhar University Hospital in Cairo, Egypt, between January 2008 and August. This is also the site for the management of urogenital diseases, which covers a large population. Patients were in the age group ranging from 28 to 78 years old (mean = 42.3 years). Each patient provided written, informed consent and was managed in the outpatient department, except 2 patients as they required further hospital admissions. Eight out of the 18 patients with prostatic abscesses were diabetic, 3 patients were on hemodialysis, 2 patients developed prostatic abscesses after catheterization, 3 after US-guided prostate biopsy, and 2 patients were on immunosuppressive treatment. Septic fever preceded by chill was present in 7 patients, and 11 patients reported dysuria, perineal pain, low-back pain, and rectal and bladder tenesmus In all patients, DRE, midstream urine analysis, and blood picture were done. All patients received parenteral antibiotics (third generation cephalosporin) just after obtaining the midstream urine sample, and then were subjected to percutaneous transperineal aspiration guided by TRSS, using an Acuvix V20 ultrasound system (Samsung-Medison America Inc., USA), a three-dimensional volume transrectal probe (5-9 MHz) covered with a condom lubricated by gel, and an −20 cm gauge (20 cm long) chiba needle (cook medical). In all patients, abscess volume was measured using the three-dimensional virtual organ computer-aided analysis (VOCAL) imaging program where volume = 1/2 [ïni = 2(Ai-1 + Ai) αdi-1]. Patients were placed in the supine position with supported knee-chest semi-flexion. After local infiltration anesthesia with xylocaine 2%, the needle was easily inserted transperineal using the free-hand technique, into the best point of the abscess cavity, guided by the biopsy guideline under live vision. After the aspiration of pus, saline was instilled into the cavity and re-aspirated until the effluent was clear. Patients were given antibiotics for 4 weeks, as per culture results, with a 3-day interval follow-up for 2 weeks. Two patients with large prostatic abscesses, adjacent to the prostatic urethra underwent unroofing by transurethral resection.

   Results Top

The most frequent predisposing factor for prostatic abscess in our series was diabetes in 8 of the 18 patients. Fever preceded by chill, dysuria, perineal and low-back pain, and rectal and bladder tenesmus were the most exclusive symptoms reported in our series. In 15 patients, initial DRE suggested abscesses on the basis of painful prostatic enlargement, tenderness, and fluctuation. In the remaining 3 patients, the gland increased in size and was painful but not suggestive of prostatic abscess the DRE was suggestive of simple acute prostatitis. A midstream urine culture yielded a positive result in 16 patients.  Escherichia More Details coli was isolated in 14 (77.8%) of the 18 patients. A blood picture revealed elevated leukocytic count in 12 (66.7%) patients [Table 1]. We observed hypoechoic areas that contained inhomogeneous fluid in 15 patients, and homogeneous hypoechoic material in patients using TRSS. In 6 of the 18 patients, the lesion showed internal strands, and there was periprostatic extension in 2 patients [Figure 2]. In 4 patient's, the fluid collection generally had irregular, ill-defined borders. Nine patients had regular semidefined borders, and 5 patients and irregular semidefined borders [Figure 3]. The abscess dimensions ranged between and 4.2 cm. The abscesses were located in the paraurethral zone in 3 patients, in the central zone in 4 patients, and in the peripheral zone of the gland in 14 patients; 2 of the latter showed periprostatic extensions. Multiplicity (central and peripheral) of abscesses was noticed in 3 out of the 18 patients [Table 2]. The VOCAL estimated volumes of the absences ranged between to 27.9 mL (mean: 13.8 mL). The amount of pus drained ranged between 3.6 and 29.3 mL (mean: 15.1 mL). In all patients, drainage produced rapid clinical improvement and resolved pain and fever. In 16 patients (88.9%), TRSS findings completely normalized after 12-14 days, and no residual cavity was visible. In 2 patients (11.1%), persistent recurrence of abscesses adjacent to the prostatic urethra was noticed on follow-up, which needed admission for transurethral unroofing. This procedure was performed under direct TRSS vision and led to a complete recovery in both men.
Figure 2: A 43-year-old man undergoing immunosuppressive therapy presented with fever and urinary frequency. Rectal examination results were unreliable for an abscess. transrectal sectional sonography allows a depiction of a complex echopattern representing fluid collection with debris and septations in the transitional and the central zones of the gland (arrowheads), and in the periprostatic tissue (arrow). Note: Diagrammatic lines are inserted to identify the best course for the needle

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Figure 3: A 71-year-old man with diabetes presented 7 days after prostatic biopsy with severe low-back pain and dysuria, and a painful rectal examination. Transrectal sectional sonography planes before aspiration show an abscess in his left peripheral zone of the gland, with panoramic display of a hypoechoic fluid collection (arrow) and marginal abscess core (asterisk). The colored guidelines on the reference frame (upper left) were used to identify the best plane (lower right) for correct needle positioning and drainage of collection

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Table 1: TRSS findings in 18 patients with prostatic abscess

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Table 2: Clinical data and diagnostic approach for 18 patients with prostatic abscess

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   Discussion Top

Considering its rare occurrence, prostatic abscess has remained a serious disease, and a delay inadequate treatment may result in death. The mortality rate of prostatic abscesses has been estimated to range between 3% and 30%. This may be due to the nonspecific symptoms of prostatic abscesses; [13],[14] hence, the necessity of early diagnosis and treatment predisposing factors play an important role in our series confirmed in 8 patients (44.4%). These predominant factors were diabetes mellitus, and, to a lesser extent, from transrectal biopsy, hemodialysis, immunosuppression, and catheterization which constituted in 55.6% of our patients.

Our data, in accordance with previous series, emphasize the significance of diabetes mellitus, indwelling catheters, instrumentation of the lower urinary tract, bladder outlet obstruction, and acute and chronic bacterial prostatitis. [1],[3],[13] In our series, fluctuation during DRE was present in 83.3% of patients, which reflects the diagnostic importance of DRE in men with suspected lower urinary tract abnormalities. It also makes clear the necessity for diagnostic imaging to detect the visual data of prostatic abscesses, even those guessed via clinical examination The surgical approach, either transurethral or transperineal are not currently used because perineal incision may result in impotence due to nerve damage, and the transurethral resection would carry the hematogenic spread of germs due to the regional communicating venous drainage. [14],[15],[16],[17],[18] Nevertheless, there is still a debate between transrectal and perineal aspiration of prostatic abscesses. The transrectal aspiration procedure, as reported in many references, is easy and fast because it is similar to the well-known technique of transrectal prostate biopsies. Collado et al. [5] reported a success rate of 83.3%, Lim et al. [3] have reported a success rate of 85.7%, and Gögüs et al. [19] reported a success rate of (83.3%). Other teams, however, prefer transperineal aspiration as the first-line treatment of any prostatic abscess, which offers the advantages of simplicity and local anesthesia, and it avoids the risk of rectourethral fistula through rectal manipulation or potential pollution recurrence. [3],[20],[21],[22],[23] We also think that this debate may arise because of the occasional underestimation of abscess criteria on conventional two-dimensional TRUS due to the lack of definition, dimensions in three planes, underestimation of the amount of septa, and sometimes difficulty confirming the real extent within the prostate gland and the periprostatic tissues. The value of TRSS can become pronounced due to its very thin, real-time multiresolution display, which can easily eliminate limitations, provide diagnostic confidence, and definite needle positioning. In addition, live TRSS guidance makes the procedure simple and quick, and it does not require any special experience. We opted for transperineal puncture for several reasons: The entire prostate gland is under transrectal, real-time, highresolution frame selection, ensures an aseptic pathway for the needle into the prostatic abscess cavity at any location and provides free-hand control of the needle. Despite this, we had 2 patients with large, persistently recurring paraurethral abscesses that needed surgical transurethral unroofing under direct TRSS vision so as to ensure complete resection. Depending on our practice in such patients, we do not agree with other reports [3],[20],[21] that do not necessitate TRUS viewing during prostatic abscess resection. Current reports indicate that CT and MRI hold no advantage over the more cost-effective two-dimensional TRUS [1],[2],[6],[7],[8],[13],[14] unless the abscess has penetrated the confines of the prostate gland, or there are further abscess foci suspected. In these cases, we found that TRSS may overcome the two-dimensional TRUS limitations. We experienced positive results with our methodology. Thus, we suggest TRSS-guided punctures can become a standard diagnostic and interventional procedure. In any case, optimized antimicrobial therapy remains a prerequisite for all therapeutic strategies.

   Conclusion Top

Our study has proved that TRSS can occupy a prominent place, and it could be a more reliable method in the diagnosis and treatment of prostatic abscesses. It can provide an accurate puncture guide into the abscess cavity and justify effective transurethral unroofing under direct vision, if persistent recurrence is there.

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