Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
(BPH; Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy; Prostatism; Bladder Outlet Obstruction)
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- Difficulty starting to urinate
- Weak urination stream
- Dribbling at end of urination
- Sensation of incomplete bladder emptying
- Urge to urinate frequently, especially at night
- Deep discomfort in lower abdomen
- Urge incontinence —strong, sudden urge to urinate
- Urine flow study
- Cystometrogram (a functional study of the way your bladder fills and empties)
- Post-void residual volume test—measures whether you can empty your bladder completely
- 5 alpha-reductase inhibitors—to shrink the prostate, which may decrease some urination problems.
- Alpha-blockers—relax the muscles around the neck of the bladder and the prostate to improve urine flow.
- Antimuscarinics—to relax the bladder muscles, which helps to reduce the urge to urinate frequently.
- Phosphodiesterase-5 enzyme inhibitor — erectile dysfunction medication that can also improve the symptoms of BPH.
Minimally Invasive Interventions
- Transurethral microwave thermotherapy (TUMT)—uses microwaves to destroy excess prostate tissue
- Transurethral needle ablation (TUNA)—uses low levels of radio frequency energy to burn away portions of the prostate
- Transurethral laser therapy—uses highly focused laser energy to remove prostate tissue
- Transurethral surgical resection of the prostate (TURP) —a scope is inserted through the penis to remove the enlarged portion of the prostate
- Open surgery—removal of the enlarged portion of the prostate through an incision, usually in the lower abdominal area, much more invasive then TURP or TUIP
- Transurethral incision of the prostate (TUIP)—small cuts are made in the neck of the bladder to widen the urethra
Prostatic stents—tiny metal coils that are inserted into urethra to widen it and keep it open
- Usually used for men who do not wish to take medication or have surgery
- Does not appear to be a good long-term option
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- Reviewer: Adrienne Carmack, MD
- Review Date: 09/2013 -
- Update Date: 09/30/2013 -
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