Nonsurgical Treatment for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia on the Horizon

BPH accounts for a variety of urinary difficulties in men over the age of 50. These symptoms typically include a need to pass urine more frequently (especially at night), an urgent need to urinate, weak or interrupted urine flow, a feeling that the bladder is not completely empty, and a delay or hesitation at the onset of urination.

Prostate Resection May Not Be the Only Way to Go

Experts predict that one out of every two men will eventually develop lower urinary tract symptoms that require medical treatment during their lifetime. Given these numbers, finding the best treatment for the cause of these symptoms– benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH)–is an important goal. Prostate resection, an operation in which part of the prostate is removed, has been the standard therapy for benign prostate hyperplasia for decades.

Who’s at Risk for Acute Urinary Retention?

Until recently, there was little data about risk factors for acute urinary retention (AUR). Men with enlarged prostates seem to get it more, but that’s about all that was certain about this problem.

New Research Sheds Light on Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia and Race

Several studies in the past year have reported racial variations in the incidence of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Some have suggested that African-American men are more likely to get this condition than white Americans.