Managing enlarged prostate in primary care

Authors


Michael J. Naslund, MD, 419 West Redwood St., Suite 320, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
Tel.: (410) 328 0800
Fax: (410) 328 2048
Email: mnaslund@smail.umaryland.edu

Summary

Assessment and treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia, or enlarged prostate, has evolved considerably in recent years; clear evidence has accumulated for the progression of disease over time, the association between disease progression and negative outcomes, and the potential for medical management of this condition. Commensurate with the long-term preventive role of primary care, efforts can and should be made to treat the underlying condition of enlarged prostate as well as to manage the symptoms short-term. This review outlines evaluation of men presenting with lower urinary tract symptoms, examines the challenges for medical treatment and suggests how treatment choice can address these challenges.

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