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What is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)?

21:56 - 4 May , 2021


It is a common condition in elderly men that consists of an increase in prostate volume due to hormonal alterations typical of aging (among other possible causes), causing symptoms such as frequent urination, especially at night, urinary flow obstructions, infections, and other urinary system disorders.

There are several potential risks for developing benign prostatic hyperplasia, such as:

  • Being over 60 years old.
  • Having relatives with a history of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
  • Diabetes.
  • Heart conditions.
  • Overweight and obesity.
  • Sedentary lifestyle.

Signs and symptoms Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

  • Frequent urination.
  • Urgency to urinate.
  • Nocturia.
  • Trouble starting urination.
  • Lack of pressure in the urinary flow.
  • Intermittent stream when urinating.
  • Post micturition dribble.
  • Poor bladder emptying.
  • Urinary tract infections.
  • Urinary blockages.
  • Hematuria.

Possible complications of benign prostatic hyperplasia include:

  • Urinary retention.
  • Urinary infectious processes.
  • Bladder stones.
  • Bladder injuries.
  • Kidney problems.
  • Prostate cancer.

Diagnosis and treatment Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

The doctor will analyze your symptoms and medical history, perform a physical examination that will include the so-called digital rectal exam, which consists of inserting a finger into the rectum to verify the size of the prostate, and will request various tests, including:

  • Urine test.
  • Blood test.
  • Prostate-specific antigen.
  • Urodynamic and flow pressure test.
  • Cystoscopy.
  • Ultrasound.
  • Biopsy of prostate tissue.

The treatment will depend on the intensity of the symptoms, the degree of prostate enlargement, age, and general health, but it can include:

  • Medication.
  • Minimally invasive procedures.
  • Surgery.

At ABC Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Department, we offer health care services with the highest quality and safety, from the prevention, diagnosis, timely treatment, and monitoring of infectious, respiratory, endocrinological, dermatological, rheumatic, nephrological, gastrointestinal, and hematological pathologies of both chronic-degenerative diseases and acute conditions, through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary model.


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