Introduction to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) [video]

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Streaming Well

Introduction to BPH

Mr. Christopher Eden, Consultant Urologist: Benign prostatic hyperpasia, or BPH, is a histological diagnosis. In other words, it's a diagnosis which you can only make looking at prostate tissue down a microscope. But what it really refers to in common parlance is prostatic enlargement, generally as a function of aging. As the prostate enlarges as patients age, it can cause constriction in the first part of the urethra, the tube that you pass urine through, and because of that, urinary symptoms. Common urinary symptoms being divided into obstructive and irritative. The obstructive ones are having difficulty getting started, a variable to poor flow and having to strain to empty, and the irritative symptoms which are often due to the obstruction are frequency, urgency, and urge incontinence, in other words, getting caught short.

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