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Overview

Prostate Specific Antigen (Free) PSA test is conducted to measure the amount of free prostate-specific antigen in the blood.

What is the Prostate Specific Antigen (Free) PSA Test?

Prostate Specific Antigen (Free) PSA is conducted after a total PSA test to rule out the possibility of prostate cancer. PSA is an enzyme produced by the prostate glands. It binds to proteins in the semen and breaks them down to make the semen.

Why is Prostate Specific Antigen (Free) PSA Test suggested?

Prostate Specific Antigen (Free) PSA is suggested if there are indications of high PSA such as :

  • Enlarged prostate
  • Inflamed prostate
  • A possibility of prostate cancer

How is Prostate Specific Antigen (Free) PSA Test performed?

The Prostate Specific Antigen (Free) PSA Test is a blood test. It is performed in the following manner:

  • Sample blood is collected from the vein in the forearm.
  • A sample is sent to the lab to get tested.

The Prostate Specific Antigen (Free) PSA Test takes a few minutes to conduct.

What are the parameters measured in Prostate Specific Antigen (Free) PSA Test?

Prostate Specific Antigen (Free) PSA Test is done to measure levels of free PSA in the blood. Lower levels of free PSA indicate higher chances of prostate cancer.

Preparation before performing Prostate Specific Antigen (Free) PSA Test

Prostate Specific Antigen (Free) PSA test doesn’t require much preparation:

  • Inform the doctor of any medication you are on.

Post-care after Prostate Specific Antigen (Free) PSA Test

  • No post care is needed after Prostate Specific Antigen (Free) PSA Test.

Sample types in Prostate Specific Antigen (Free) PSA Test

The sample type in Prostate Specific Antigen (Free) PSA Test  is :

  • 5ml- 2 ml of blood.

Side effects/risks of Prostate Specific Antigen (Free) PSA Test

The risk associated with the Prostate Specific Antigen (Free) PSA Test  are :

  • A small bruise at the site of blood withdrawal.
  • A small hematoma may occur at blood withdrawal site.

Prostate Specific Antigen (Free) PSA Test must be conducted carefully by professionals.

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