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  • Not urinating much

  • Passing slightly less urine than usual

  • Haven't passed urine in more than 12 hours

  • Urine flow pauses

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  • Urinate not coming out completely

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What is benign prostatic hyperplasia?

Non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate. Age-related changes in male hormone levels are thought to be the cause. Incidence increases with age with an estimated 80% of men over the age of 70 with BPH. Symptoms may include a weak urinary stream, leakage of urine after voiding and urinating frequently at night (nocturia).

Symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia

  • Decrease in urine volume

  • Urine flow is intermittent over the past month. (Urine starts and stops)

  • Need to strain or bear down to pass urine, in the past month

  • Needing to pass urine again, despite just passing less than 2 hours ago

  • Urine stream is weaker than before

  • Often have a sudden need to pass urine in the past one month

  • Frequent urination

  • Feeling there is still urine left in the bladder after urinating

Questions your doctor may ask to check for benign prostatic hyperplasia

  • Are you urinating less?

  • Have you experienced on-and-off urine flow in the past month?

  • Have you had difficulty urinating recently?

  • Have you felt urge to pass urine again, within 2 hours after using the bathroom?

  • Is your urine flow weaker?

Treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia

Mild cases do not require treatment. However, your primary care provider or a specialist may recommend treatment if the condition is causing significant symptoms. Treatment options include medications to shrink the prostate over time or procedures and surgery to remove all or part of the prostate.

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References

  • Ng M, Baradhi KM. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. 2022 Aug 8. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2023 Jan–. PMID: 32644346.

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32644346/

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Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc

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Dr. Taylor is a Japanese-African American physician who grew up and was educated in the United States but spent a considerable amount of time in Japan as a college student, working professional and now father of three. After graduating from Brown, he worked in finance first before attending medical school at Penn. He then completed a fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control before going on to specialize in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he was also a chief resident. After a faculty position at Stanford, he moved with his family to Japan where he continues to see families on a military base outside of Tokyo, teach Japanese residents and serve remotely as a medical director for Roots Community Health Center. He also enjoys editing and writing podcast summaries for Hippo Education.

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Nao Saito, MD (Urology)

After graduating from Tokyo Women's Medical University School of Medicine, Dr. Saito worked at Tokyo Women's Medical University Hospital, Toda Chuo General Hospital, Tokyo Women's Medical University Yachiyo Medical Center, and Ako Chuo Hospital before becoming Deputy Director (current position) at Takasaki Tower Clinic Department of Ophthalmology and Urology in April 2020.

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