By age 50, 5 out of 10 men have an enlarged prostate (BPH). By age 80, up to 9 out of 10 men have an
enlarged prostate. Having an enlarged prostate does
not always cause symptoms. But BPH symptoms also are age-related. By age 75, 5
out of 10 men complain of a decrease in the force of their urine
Lower urinary tract problems in
men under age 40 are most likely caused by other conditions, such as prostate
infection or failure of the smooth bladder muscles to relax during urination
The Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) Symptom Score Index can help your doctor understand how severe enlarged prostate symptoms are.
If your total score is less than seven, your symptoms are considered mild. Higher scores indicate more severe symptoms. Your doctor can discuss your scores with you -- and what they indicate about your need for treatment.
Use the following point scale to answer each of the questions. Total the score from all the questions.
0 = Not at all
3 = About...
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(BPH) section of Neoplasms of the prostate gland. In EA Tanagho, JW McAninch,
eds., Smith’s General Urology, 17th ed., pp. 348-355.
New York: McGraw-Hill.
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E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
March 23, 2010
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March 23, 2010
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