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BPH is not just a going problem; it’s a growing problem.

Until recently, the main goal of BPH treatment was to reduce bothersome lower urinary tract symptoms that had become intolerable.1 However, newer data suggest that another legitimate goal of BPH therapy is the reduction in the risk of future health-related complications.1

If urethral obstruction worsens and is left untreated, complications can occur, such as2,3:

  • Acute urinary retention
  • Thickened bladder with reduced storage capacity
  • Infected residual urine
  • Severe urinary tract infection
  • Gross hematuria (noticeable blood in urine)
  • Urinary, bladder, and/or kidney stones
  • Kidney damage
  • Chronic renal failure
  • Hypotonic (flaccid) bladder

REFERENCES:

  1. McNaughton-Collins M, Barry MJ. Managing patients with lower urinary tract symptoms suggestive of benign prostatic hyperplasia. Am J Med. 2005;118:1331-1339.
  2. Benign enlargement of prostate. ADAM Health Illustrated Encyclopedia. http://www.healthline.com/adamcontent/enlarged-prostate. Accessed Oct. 21, 2010.
  3. Barry M, Roehrborn C. Management of benign prostatic hyperplasia. Annu Rev Med.1997;48:177-189.