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Signs of Enlarged prostate

Symptoms of Enlarged prostate

The list of medical symptoms mentioned in various sources for Enlarged prostate may include:

Note that Enlarged prostate symptoms usually refers to various medical symptoms known to a patient, but the phrase Enlarged prostate signs may often refer to those signs that are only noticable by a doctor.

Signs or Symptoms of Enlarged prostate:

Prostate Enlargement Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: NIDDK (Excerpt)

Many symptoms of BPH stem from obstruction of the urethra and gradual loss of bladder function, which results in incomplete emptying of the bladder. The symptoms of BPH vary, but the most common ones involve changes or problems with urination, such as

  • A hesitant, interrupted, weak stream.
  • Urgency and leaking or dribbling.
  • More frequent urination, especially at night.

The size of the prostate does not always determine how severe the obstruction or the symptoms will be. Some men with greatly enlarged glands have little obstruction and few symptoms while others, whose glands are less enlarged, have more blockage and greater problems.

Sometimes a man may not know he has any obstruction until he suddenly finds himself unable to urinate at all. This condition, called acute urinary retention, may be triggered by taking over-the-counter cold or allergy medicines. Such medicines contain a decongestant drug, known as a sympathomimetic. A potential side effect of this drug may be to prevent the bladder opening from relaxing and allowing urine to empty. When partial obstruction is present, urinary retention also can be brought on by alcohol, cold temperatures, or a long period of immobility.

It is important to tell your doctor about urinary problems such as those described above. In 8 out of 10 cases, these symptoms suggest BPH, but they also can signal other, more serious conditions that require prompt treatment. These conditions, including prostate cancer, can be ruled out only by a doctor's exam.

Severe BPH can cause serious problems over time. Urine retention and strain on the bladder can lead to urinary tract infections, bladder or kidney damage, bladder stones, and incontinence. If the bladder is permanently damaged, treatment for BPH may be ineffective. When BPH is found in its earlier stages, there is a lower risk of developing such complications. (Source: excerpt from Prostate Enlargement Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: NIDDK)

Your Urinary System and How It Works: NIDDK (Excerpt)

BPH is an enlargement of the prostate gland that can interfere with urinary function in older men. It causes blockage by squeezing the urethra, which can make it difficult to urinate. Men with BPH frequently have other bladder symptoms including an increase in frequency of bladder emptying both during the day and at night. (Source: excerpt from Your Urinary System and How It Works: NIDDK)

More Symptoms of Enlarged prostate:

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What are the signs of Enlarged prostate?

The phrase "signs of Enlarged prostate" should, strictly speaking, refer only to those signs and symptoms of Enlarged prostate that are not readily apparent to the patient. The word "symptoms of Enlarged prostate" is the more general meaning; see symptoms of Enlarged prostate.

The signs and symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Enlarged prostate. This medical information about signs and symptoms for Enlarged prostate has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Enlarged prostate signs or Enlarged prostate symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Enlarged prostate may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Enlarged prostate symptoms.

 

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