Acute urinary morbidity following I-125 interstitial implantation of the prostate gland

Jigna Desai, Richard G. Stock, Nelson N. Stone, Christopher Iannuzzi, J. Keith DeWyngaert

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The objective of this paper was to evaluate the acute urinary morbidity associated with I-125 interstitial implantation of the prostate gland. From 1991-1995, 117 patients underwent ultrasound (U/S)-guided implantation of the prostate gland. Median dose to 90% of the gland (d90) was 14.68 Gy (range = 1.65-21.75 Gy). The patients' urinary symptoms were recorded pre-implantation and at regular intervals after implantation using the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS), a self-assessment questionnaire in which patients scored 7 symptoms: incomplete emptying, frequency, intermittency, urgency, weak stream, straining, and nocturia. Median follow-up was 12 months. The natural history of implant-related urinary symptoms was assessed in this manner. In addition, dosimetric factors including U/S prostate volume, total activity, activity per seed, dose volume histogram (DVH) values for dose to gland, and dose area histogram (DAH) values for dose to urethra and bladder were examined for correlation to the severity of each symptom as well as to total IPSS (sum of the individual symptom scores). Total IPSS peaked at 1 month post-implant and gradually returned to approximately baseline at 24 months. Total IPSS directly correlated with total activity and DVH for the prostate. Total IPSS, however, did not correlate with bladder or urethral DAH. With the exception of frequency, individual symptoms did not correlate with dose to gland, bladder, or urethra. Frequency scores did, however, correlate not only with dose to prostate gland but also dose to urethra. The acute urinary side effects of I-125 prostate implantation are transient and peak at 1 month post-implant. The severity of the urinary irritative symptoms developed are closely related to total dose to the gland. Urethral dose appears to affect frequency most significantly. Urinary symptoms, therefore, may be a limiting factor when considering dose escalation with I-125.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-141
Number of pages7
JournalRadiation Oncology Investigations
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1998


  • Brachytherapy
  • Morbidity
  • Prostate carcinoma


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