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Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), or enlargement of the prostate is a common medical occurrence in men as they age due to uncontrolled growth (hyperplasia) of the prostate cells. BPH is a non-life threatening condition, however it can cause extreme discomfort as it affects urination with frequency, urgency, dribbling, and nocturia (nighttime urination). It can lead to infections of the urinary tract, urinary retention or incontinence. Treatment to control the size of the prostate is with hormonal therapy, but for resistant prostates, surgery can be the only option, which has many undesirable complications, including incontinence and impotence. Scientists are currently investigating the effect of injecting alcohol directly into the prostate that rapidly kills prostate cells, thereby effective decreasing the size of the prostate. Further research on less invasive treatments are also underway.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by News8Austin
About: Prostate enlargement treatment research
Date: 20 October 2005
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