Complexed prostate-specific antigen and its volume indexes in the detection of prostate cancer

Hiroshi Maeda, Yoichi Arai, Yoshitaka Aoki, Kazutoshi Okubo, Takashi Okada, Shinya Maekawa

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Objectives. To evaluate complexed prostate-specific antigen (cPSA), cPSA density (cPSAD), and cPSA adjusted for the transition zone volume (cPSA-TZ) in comparison with the free-to-total PSA ratio (F/T PSA) and free-to- complexed PSA ratio (F/C PSA) as a means of diagnosing prostate cancer. Methods. Transition zone volume was determined in 137 of 142 men who underwent systematic sextant biopsies and had total PSA (tPSA) values between 4.1 and 10.0 ng/mL. cPSAD and cPSA-TZ were calculated by dividing the cPSA value by the whole prostate volume and the transition zone volume, respectively. Results. Of the 137 men, 23 (16.8%) had prostate cancer. cPSA predicted the biopsy outcome better than tPSA, F/T PSA, or F/C PSA, although the difference was not significant. A cutoff value of 4.1 ng/mL for cPSA provided a specificity of 42% and a sensitivity of 87%. A combination of cPSA and F/C PSA maintained a sensitivity of 83% and gave an increased specificity of 54%. In a subgroup of 65 patients with smaller prostate volumes (less than 45 mL), the diagnostic value of cPSA-TZ was remarkably increased. A cutoff value of 0.31 for cPSA-TZ provided a sensitivity of 93% and a high specificity of 72%. Conclusions. cPSA was more specific than tPSA and F/T PSA. As a component of F/C PSA, free PSA could provide additional value to cPSA. cPSA-TZ and cPSAD could be better indicators for prostate cancer than cPSA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-228
Number of pages4
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Aug
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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