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Can a Urinary Tract Infection Cause a High PSA?

04/11/2006

Question:

My father-in-law is 68 recently had a urinary tract infection. He is on antibiotics to clear the infection. He had a PSA test during this infection with a 35 or 36 reading. Can that number be that high with this infection?

Answer:

An acute urinary infection can raise the PSA to that level or higher.  In these situations I typically will repeat the PSA approximately 6 weeks after the infection has been adequately treated.  Not uncommonly, the number comes down quite a bit, oftentimes to normal levels.

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Response by:

Martin I Resnick, MD Martin I Resnick, MD
Formerly, Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University