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What are the recommended treatments for an enlarged prostate?

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The AUA recommends the following treatment for an enlarged prostate based on the severity of symptoms:

  • Mild symptoms that don't bother you (AUA score 0 to 7): If you are not bothered by your symptoms, and they don't affect your daily life, watchful waiting is the best option for you. You should get regular checkups to make sure that you are not developing complications.
  • Moderate to severe symptoms (AUA score of 8 or more): If you are not bothered by your symptoms, you may choose watchful waiting. However, if your symptoms do start to interfere, you may choose medication, a minimally invasive procedure, or surgery.
  • Moderate to severe symptoms (AUA score of 8 or more) with complications: If symptoms are bothersome and you have developed complications such as inability to urinate, you may need a catheter, surgery, or other treatment.

From: Enlarged Prostate Treatments WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Urological Association: "Diagnosis of BPH," "Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)," "Clinical Guidelines."

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC): "Prostate Enlargement: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia."

William Jaffe, MD, professor of urology, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia.

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on December 4, 2018

SOURCES:

American Urological Association: "Diagnosis of BPH," "Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)," "Clinical Guidelines."

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC): "Prostate Enlargement: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia."

William Jaffe, MD, professor of urology, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia.

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on December 4, 2018

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