What is the prognosis of Enlarged Prostate Benign: Prostatic Hyperplasia?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Feb 15, 2012

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  • Enlarged prostate keeps you up at night, causing urinating problems.
  • It may block the flow of urine and lead to infection.
  • Medical and surgical treatments both are likely to relieve symptoms.
  • Surgery is slightly more successful in relieving symptoms.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a non-cancerous condition but with similar characteristics to that of cancer. Enlarged prostate keeps you up at night, causes urinating problems, swells and blocks the flow of urine from the bladder and sometimes leads to infection.


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An enlarged prostate can press against the urethra and can make it difficult to urinate. It takes longer to build the sufficient pressure for urine to pass. It becomes a problem over time and can lead to urinary retention.

Not all men who have an enlarged prostate experience symptoms. At first, symptoms may be mild because the bladder muscle is able to compensate for the pressure from the enlarged prostate on the urethra. Interrupted urination, weak urine stream, strong urges to urinate, disturbed sleep, uncomfortable feeling and internal muscle injury are some of the symptoms associated with the condition.


Treatment and Prognosis

As of now, there is no treatment for the benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). As the condition that cannot be cured, so treatment plans focus on reducing your symptoms. The treatment option depends on how severe your symptoms are and whether you have complications. The more your symptoms bother you, the more aggressive you may want to be in your treatment.

Medical and surgical treatments both are likely to relieve symptoms. Surgery is slightly more successful in relieving symptoms, but the risk of complications is greater.




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