Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Although benign prostatic hyperplasia is a normal part of aging for men, it is a discomforting symptom that can require medical attention. It can also be a sign of something else that is wrong.


Benign prostatic hyperplasia is the term given to swelling of the prostate gland. This gland surrounds the male urethra just underneath the bladder and it swells the more it is exposed to testosterone. As such, the older men get, the more likely they will have an enlarged prostate gland. The condition strikes about half of the men in their 50s and 60s and all men by the time they reach 80 years of age.


One of the most discomforting factors of benign prostatic hyperplasia is that it can partially block urine flow. This can lead to bladder infections and kidney dysfunction.


Early Symptoms


– Weak urine flow

– Frequent need to urinate, especially at night

– Difficulty emptying bladder completely


More Serious Symptoms


– Urinary tract infections

– Inability to urinate

– Bladder or kidney stones

– Prostate cancer

Discuss With A Doctor


Even if these symptoms are mild or only discomforting, discuss any symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia or urinary difficulties with your doctor. By itself, benign prostate hyperplasia is normal, but it can also be the sign of something serious. In addition, if it progresses without treatment, it can result in stopping urine flow, which could require surgery or a catheter placement.

In San Diego, call Pacific Medical Care at 619-333-8114 to schedule a home visit or an office appointment if you have any of these symptoms.

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