What are the therapeutic options for 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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Therapeutic options for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) include the following [1] :

  • Watchful waiting
  • Drug therapy (eg, alpha-blockers, 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors)  – For patients with bothersome, moderate-to-severe lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) from BPH 
  • Interventional therapy  (eg,  transurethral resection of the prostate [ TURP])  – For patients with moderate-to-severe LUTS and those who have developed acute urinary retention, or other complications of BPH

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