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Expressed Prostatic Secretions, Analysis

The expressed prostatic secretion test, also known as prostatic fluid analysis, is a laboratory test that evaluates the microbiological characteristics of fluid obtained from the prostate gland. It is primarily used to assess the health of the prostate and diagnose certain conditions affecting the gland.

The test is typically performed to help diagnose conditions such as prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate), benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlargement of the prostate), and to evaluate infertility or recurrent urinary tract infections.

The test is usually performed in a healthcare setting. A urologist will perform a digital rectal examination to stimulate the prostate gland and collect the prostatic fluid.

The fluid is examined under a microscope and subjected to bacterial culture, and sensitivity testing.

The results of the prostatic secretion test are evaluated in combination with other clinical findings to make a diagnosis. Abnormal results may indicate a prostate infection, inflammation, or other prostate-related conditions that require further investigation or treatment.

The expressed prostatic secretion test includes:

  • Microscopy
  • Culture for Aerobes
  • Culture for Anaerobes
  • Culture for Neisseria gonorrhoeae

The Expressed Prostatic Secretion Test does not include and should be added:

Alternatively, you can see our newest molecular tests which can detect with greater specificity, sensitivity, and speed many microorganisms responsible for pathological manifestations of the prostate:

  • Prostatic Fluid, Basic Molecular Testing
  • Prostatic Fluid, Comprehensive Molecular Testing



Important Note

Laboratory test results are the most important parameter for the diagnosis and monitoring of all pathological conditions. 70%-80% of diagnostic decisions are based on laboratory tests. The correct interpretation of laboratory results allows a doctor to distinguish "healthy" from "diseased".

Laboratory test results should not be interpreted from the numerical result of a single analysis. Test results should be interpreted in relation to each individual case and family history, clinical findings, and the results of other laboratory tests and information. Your personal physician should explain the importance of your test results.

At Diagnostiki Athinon we answer any questions you may have about the test you perform in our laboratory and we contact your doctor to get the best possible medical care.

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