Diseases of the Prostate

  • Gerald W. Chodak


Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) is a common enlargement of the prostate gland that affects a high percentage of aging men. Its cause is not known, although there may be some association with high-fat diets. As a result of this enlargement patients frequently develop obstructive voiding symptoms, termed prostatism, which include decreased urinary flow rate, hesitancy, nocturia, and dribbling. Longstanding BPH may lead to acute or chronic urinary retention, bladder stone formation, hydroureteronephrosis, urinary tract infections, or renal failure. Urinary frequency or incontinence also may be associated with BPH; this often occurs when patients have chronic urinary retention.


Prostate Cancer Radical Prostatectomy Acute Urinary Retention Urethral Stricture Luteinizing Hormone Release Hormone 
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