BenignProstatic Hypertrophy (BPH) is also referred to as Benign ProstaticHyperplasia. It is characterized by an enlarged prostate gland thatsurrounds the urethra. As the prostate swells, it squeezes andpartially blocks the tube. It all starts when the cells of theprostate gland start to multiply leading to swelling, thus limitingthe flow of urine. The discomfort associated with Benign ProstaticHypertrophy makes it one of the gerontological conditions of publichealth importance because all the individuals past 75 years aresusceptible to it.
Boyarskyet al. (2012) indicate that the obstruction may be extremely severeto the point urine failing to leave the bladder. The condition isreferred to as Bladder Outlet Obstruction (BOO), and it is acomplication of the Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. The conditionoccurs almost on all men as they age arguably, as they pass the ageof seventy-five. However, the situation is not a major problem anddoes not lead to cancer though it can be a nuisance. The symptoms ofBPH range from difficulties urine retention to challenges when inemptying the bladder.
Thesymptoms relating to bladder emptying may include difficulty ininitiating a urine stream, reduced urinating strength and dribbling.A person may also experience a feeling of having a full bladder evenafter passing urine. Besides, individuals may complain pain andstraining during urination, a condition referred to as dysuria(Boyarsky et al., 2012). Patients are also unable to hold urine, andthey get the urge to empty the bladder repeatedly.
Someof the physical characteristics of a person suffering from thecondition include fever, chills, pain in the back or the abdomen,blood and pus in urine, damage to the kidney, presence of urinarystones, and urethral tract infection (Boyarsky et al., 2012). Theinvention of minimal invasive methods to correct the condition hasbeen a major input in reversing the physical characteristics.
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