When is imaging of the upper urinary tract indicated in the workup 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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Answer

Imaging of the upper tracts is indicated in patients who present with any of the following:

  • Concomitant hematuria
  • A history of urolithiasis
  • An elevated creatinine level
  • High PVR volume
  • History of upper urinary tract infection

Other imaging studies, such as CT scanning and MRI, have no role in the evaluation and treatment of uncomplicated BPH.


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