What is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)?

Updated: Feb 19, 2021
  • Author: Levi A Deters, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as benign prostatic hypertrophy, is a histologic diagnosis characterized by proliferation of the cellular elements of the prostate, leading to an enlarged prostate gland. Chronic bladder outlet obstruction (BOO) secondary to BPH may lead to urinary retention, abnormal kidney function, recurrent urinary tract infections, gross hematuria, and bladder calculi. The image below illustrates normal prostate anatomy.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia. Normal prostate anat Benign prostatic hyperplasia. Normal prostate anatomy is shown. The prostate is located at the apex of the bladder and surrounds the proximal urethra.

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