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Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, is a common phenomenon among older men. It basically is the non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland. It's believed that more than half of all men in their 60's experience some sort of enlargement of this gland. The initial growth of the prostate happens in puberty, and a second growth spurt happens at around age 25. Continual growth after this is very common, and problems with growth don't usually surface until later in life.
Although there is no definite cause for prostate enlargement, a couple of theories include hormone imbalances and biological factors.
Prostate growth most often triggers obstruction of the urethra, since the gland encompasses it. This results in such symptoms as the following:
Incomplete emptying of the bladder
Weak urine stream
Interrupted urine stream
Leaking or dribbling
Inability to urinate (acute urinary reten...
The prostate is part of the male reproductive system. It is a gland that surrounds the urethra, which carries urine. It produces a fluid which both protects and enriches sperm. In younger men, it is about the size of a walnut but it usually increases in size as men get older. Some of the common problems include:
Benign prostatic hyperplasia, or enlarged prostate. This can cause problems with urination, making it difficult to urinate or making you feel as if you need to urinate frequently, especially at night.
Acute bacterial prostatitis is caused by a bacterial infection. Besides an enlarged prostate, you can have fever, chills and pain. You may have blood in your urine or might feel pain when urinating.
Chronic bacterial prostatitis is a recurring bacterial infection of the prostate. It can be difficult to treat and might require long-term antibiotics.
Chronic prostatitis is also called Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome. You might have pain in the lower bak, the groin area or at...
Alternative Names Artificial sphincter (AUS) - urinary Risks This procedure is generally safe. Ask your doctor about these possible complications. Risks for any surgery are: Infection at the site of the incision Opening of the incision Blood clots in the legs that may travel to the lungs Breathing problems Bleeding Other infection Risks for this surgery may include: Damage to the urethra, bladder, or vagina Difficulty emptying your bladder, which may require a catheter Urine leakage that may get worse Failure, infection, or wearing away of the device that requires surgery to remove it
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