Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, also called benign enlargement of the prostate (BEP or BPE), is an enlarged prostate gland, which mostly affect older men. It is the most common cause of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). Its symptoms may vary throughout the day. The following are some of the key symptoms: a) urinary hesitancy b) weak stream c) nocturia, d) incontinence and) recurrent urinary tract infections.
HOW IS BENIGN PROSTATIC HYPERTROPHY DIAGNOSED?
An urologist diagnoses Benign prostate hypertrophy by performing the following tests: 1. Blood tests 2. Rectal examination 3. Ultrasonography 4. Microscopic examination of different types of prostate tissues
HOW IS BENIGN PROSTATIC HYPERTROPHY TREATED?
As Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia cannot be cured, treatment emphasises on reducing its symptoms. The treatment is based on the severity of the condition. Mild symptoms can be treated with small changes in lifestyle. Regular check-up is recommended to ensure symptoms don’t get worse. For bothersome symptoms surgery or less invasive therapies, such as transurethral microwave therapy (TUMT) or transurethral needle ablation (TUNA) are recommended.
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This condition can also lead to kidney damage in the long run.