Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

  • Andrea Tubaro
  • Cosimo de Nunzio
Part of the Springer Specialist Surgery Series book series (SPECIALIST)


The first description of the prostate gland goes back to Andreas Vesalius in his book entitled Tabulae anatomicae (1538). In 1564, Ambroise Paré, the Renaissance master of French surgery, described obstructive urinary symptoms. Two centuries later, in 1786, John Hunter, the famous British surgeon, related prostatic enlargement to obstructive symptoms, detrusor hypertrophy, and upper urinary tract dilatation. Transurethral instruments to relieve prostatic obstruction were first developed by Jean Civiale in Paris and Enrico Bottini. Eugene Fuller (1858–1930) and Peter Fryer (1852–1921) in Britain and George Goodfellow (1855–1910) in the United States pioneered surgery of BPH. In the twentieth century, new surgical techniques were developed thanks to people like Terence Millin, Hugh H. Young, James Buchanan Brady, George Luys, Maximilian Stern, Joseph McCarthy, and Frederic Foley.1


Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Lower Urinary Tract Symptom Prostate Volume Acute Urinary Retention Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Patient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Tubaro
    • 1
  • Cosimo de Nunzio
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of UrologyLa Sapienza University – Sant’Andrea HospitalRomeItaly

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