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What Is Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy? Is It Different From Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia?

By    |   Thursday, 28 Apr 2016 05:54 PM

Benign prostatic hypertrophy is more commonly called benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. These are the medical terms for enlarged prostate gland in men. This condition is not cancerous, and it does not cause cancer. BPH is the most common prostate problem for men over the age of 50.

Part of the male reproductive system, the prostate gland is small and walnut-shaped, and it sits just above the bladder. The prostate gland produces the fluid in semen that is released through the urethra during ejaculation.

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During the course of a man’s life, the prostate gland goes through two growth phases. During puberty, the prostate gland nearly doubles in size. The second growth phase begins around the age of 25. It is during this second growth phase that benign prostatic hypertrophy is likely to occur.

According to WebMD, BPH is considered a normal part of the aging process caused by hormonal changes. It can be uncomfortable, but it is not life-threatening.

Symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy include:

• A weak urine stream
• Frequent urination, especially at night
• Difficulty starting and stopping the urine stream
• Inability to completely empty the bladder when urinating

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In rare cases, BPH can become severe enough to block the bladder completely, making it nearly impossible to urinate. In these cases, urinary retention can lead to bladder infections and kidney damage.

Medical treatment of benign prostatic hypertrophy isn’t always necessary, says WebMD, especially if the symptoms are mild and do not affect quality of life. Prescription drugs usually do not shrink the prostate or slow down its growth, but they can alleviate symptoms.

There also are some lifestyle changes that can help. For instance, WebMD recommends limiting fluid intake, especially before bedtime, and “double voiding,” or purposely urinating twice in a short period of time.

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Benign prostatic hypertrophy is more commonly called benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. These are the medical terms for enlarged prostate gland in men. This condition is not cancerous, and it does not cause cancer. BPH is the most common prostate problem for men over the age of 50.
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