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Benign ​Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

The symptoms of BPH vary, but the most common involve changes or problems with urination.
 
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland, which is a common occurrence as a man ages. In fact, almost half of men ages 51-60 have BPH, and 90 percent of men over 80 have it.
 
Early in puberty, the prostate gland doubles in size, becoming roughly the size of a walnut. At around age 25, the gland grows again and continues to grow throughout a man’s life. It’s during this growth stage that BPH typically occurs.

Signs and Symptoms

BPH can cause the prostate to press down on the urethra and make the bladder wall thicker, leading to a weaker bladder and urination issues.
 
Other symptoms include:
  • Feeling that the bladder is full, even right after urinating
  • A frequent urge to urinate
  • Weak urine flow
  • Dribbling of urine
  • The need to stop and start urinating several times
  • Trouble starting urination
  • The need to push or strain to urinate
 
If you are unable to urinate at all, get medical help as soon as possible, as this is an emergency situation that must be treated immediately.

Treatment

Mild cases of BPH likely will not require treatment, but in more advanced cases, there are several treatment options, including:
  • Watchful waiting/active surveillance
  • Medical therapies
  • Minimally invasive surgeries
  • Surgery

​The Urology specialists at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in Houston can detect BPH through a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test or a digital rectal exam (DRE). If BPH is diagnosed, our team will develop a treatment plan based on your unique needs. 

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