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Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)

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Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)

Lab Name:

Prostate Specific Antigen

What is the Labs Abbreviation for Prostate Specific Antigen ?

PSA

What is Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) in terms of Nursing Labs?

Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) is produced by the prostate. Used in conjunction with digital exam this test is helpful in diagnosing and assessing prostate abnormalities.

What is the Normal Range for Prostate Specific Antigen ?

Male: < 4 ng/mL Female: < 0.5 ng/mL

What are the Indications for Prostate Specific Antigen ?

  • Evaluate:
    • Enlarged prostate when prostate cancer is suspected
    • Stage of cancer
    • Effectiveness of treatments

What would cause increased levels of Prostate Specific Antigen ?

  • Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH)
  • Prostate cancer
  • Prostatitis
  • Urinary retention

What would cause decreased levels of Prostate Specific Antigen ?

  • N/A

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Date Published - Jul 28, 2016
Date Modified - Sep 13, 2016