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Advances in Urology
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 609612, 5 pages
Research Article

Complete PSA Remission without Adjuvant Therapy after Secondary Lymph Node Surgery in Selected Patients with Biochemical Relapse after Radical Prostatectomy and Pelvic Lymph Node Dissection

1Department of Urology and Paediatric Urology, Hospital Oldenburg, 26133 Oldenburg, Germany
2Institute of Pathology Oldenburg, 26122 Oldenburg, Germany

Received 30 March 2011; Revised 27 April 2011; Accepted 3 May 2011

Academic Editor: Maximilian Burger

Copyright © 2012 Alexander Winter et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Introduction. To evaluate whether secondary resection of lymph node (LN) metastases (LNMs) can result in PSA remission, we analysed the PSA outcome after resection of LNM detected on PET/CT in patients with biochemical failure. Materials and Methods. 11 patients with PSA relapse (mean 3.02 ng/mL, range 0.5–9.55 ng/mL) after radical prostatectomy without adjuvant therapy were included. Suspicious LN (1–3) detected on choline PET/CT and nearby LN were openly dissected (09/04–02/11). The PSA development was examined. Histological and PET/CT findings were compared. Results. 9 of 10 patients with histologically confirmed LNM showed a PSA response. 4 of 9 patients with single LNM had a complete permanent PSA remission (mean followup 31.8, range 1–48 months). Of metastasis-suspicious LNs (14) 12 could be histologically confirmed. The additionally removed 25 LNs were all correctly negative. Conclusions. The complete PSA remissions after secondary resection of single LNM argue for a feasible therapeutic benefit without adjuvant therapy. For this purpose the choline PET/CT is in spite of its limitations currently the most reliable routinely available diagnostic tool.