Benign prostate enlargement also called BPH is an Age-associated prostate gland enlargement that can cause urination difficulty. Call Doctor
OBSERVATION: Very common
OCCURENCE: More than 1.5 million cases per year (in Nigeria)
TREATMENT: Treatable by a medical professional
DIAGNOSIS: Requires a medical diagnosis
SCIENTIST TEST: Lab tests or imaging often required
BEWARE: Chronic can last for years or be lifelong
AFFECTED PERSON MAY EXPERIENCE:
Urinary: dribbling after urination, excessive urination at night, frequent urination, sense of incomplete bladder emptying, urge to urinate and leaking, or weak urinary stream
Sexual: incontinence or sexual dysfunction
NOTE: This type of prostate enlargement isn’t thought to be a precursor to prostate cancer. With this condition, the urinary stream may be weak or stop and start. In some cases, it can lead to infection, bladder stones and reduced kidney function.
TREATMENT: Treatments include medication that relaxes the bladder or shrinks the prostate, surgery and minimally invasive surgery. Consult a doctor for medical advice
Treatment consists of supportive care and urinary retention medications i.e. Treatments include medication that relaxes the bladder or shrinks the prostate, surgery and minimally invasive surgery.
Medications: Urinary retention medication (Improves urine flow).
Supportive care: Monitoring for changes or improvement (Monitoring a medical condition instead of taking action right away).
Specialists: Geriatrician (who focuses on the health care of elderly people), Primary Care Provider (who prevents, diagnoses and treats diseases), and Urologist (who treats urinary tract diseases).
Sources: College of Medicine, University of Ibadan and others.