Which features of the patient history are relevant to the diagnosis and treatment of 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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The diagnosis of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) can often be suggested on the basis of the history alone. Special attention to the following features is essential to making the correct diagnosis and recommending treatment choices:

  • Onset and duration of symptoms

  • General health issues (including sexual history)

  • Fitness for any possible surgical interventions

  • Severity of symptoms and how they are affecting quality of life

  • Medications

  • Previously attempted treatments

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