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How is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) diagnosed?

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Your doctor will ask about your medical history and give you a physical exam. Then they will perform a digital rectal examination. This lets the doctor to estimate the size of the prostate and find any hard areas that could be cancer.

You might also get these tests:

  • A urine test called a urinalysis
  • A seven-question survey to check the severity of your symptoms
  • A flow test to measure how slow your urinary stream is
  • A test to see how much urine is left in the bladder after urination

From: Enlarged Prostate WebMD Medical Reference

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FDA.

American Urological Association.   "Early Detection of Prostate Cancer."

American Cancer Society.  "American Cancer Society Recommendations for Prostate Cancer Early Detection."

Medical News Today. 

The National Library of Medicine. 

Urological Sciences Research Foundation.

Bent, S.  

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. "Prostate Enlargement (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia)."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. "Prostate Cancer Screening Final Recommendation."

Massachusetts General Hospital. "Laser photo-vaporization of the prostate (PVP)."

Medscape. "Transurethral Microwave Thermotherapy of the Prostate (TUMT)."

UpToDate.com. "Transurethral procedures for treating benign prostatic hyperplasia." "Medical treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia."  

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 07, 2018

SOURCES: 

FDA.

American Urological Association.   "Early Detection of Prostate Cancer."

American Cancer Society.  "American Cancer Society Recommendations for Prostate Cancer Early Detection."

Medical News Today. 

The National Library of Medicine. 

Urological Sciences Research Foundation.

Bent, S.  

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. "Prostate Enlargement (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia)."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. "Prostate Cancer Screening Final Recommendation."

Massachusetts General Hospital. "Laser photo-vaporization of the prostate (PVP)."

Medscape. "Transurethral Microwave Thermotherapy of the Prostate (TUMT)."

UpToDate.com. "Transurethral procedures for treating benign prostatic hyperplasia." "Medical treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia."  

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 07, 2018

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