Benign prostatic hyperplasia and male lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS)


Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is defined histologically. Several terms such as "prostatism", "symptoms of BPH", and "clinical BPH" have previously been used to describe male lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). These descriptions incorrectly imply that urinary symptoms in the male arise from the prostate. The acronym "LUTS" was introduced in order to avoid this. Increasingly, scientific communications on this syndrome use the term LUTS and avoid the use of the global term BPH. Nevertheless, BPH remains familiar to and commonly used by general practitioners, other clinicians, and patients when searching for clinical information and guidance. Clinically, the syndrome is characterised by lower urinary tract symptoms (urinary frequency, urgency, a weak and intermittent stream, needing to strain, a sense of incomplete emptying, and nocturia) and can lead to complications, including acute urinary retention.

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Prospective, Randomized, Multinational Study of Prostatic Urethral Lift Versus Transurethral Resection of the Prostate: 12-month Results from the BPH6 Study. ( 24 July 2015 )

Plasmakinetic Enucleation of the Prostate Compared with Open Prostatectomy for Prostates Larger Than 100 Grams: A Randomized Noninferiority Controlled Trial with Long-term Results at 6 Years. ( 20 July 2015 )