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here if you want to
find out how bad your urinary symptoms are.
This tool asks about
your urinary symptoms from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and gives you a
score based on how severe your symptoms are. BPH is an enlarged
prostate gland. As the prostate gets bigger, it may
cause problems urinating. Your score on this tool may help you think about if
and how you want to treat the problem.
If you are already being
treated for BPH, the tool can also help you and your doctor tell how well
treatment is working.
The tool is based on the American Urological
Association (AUA) Symptom Index.1 The index is also
called the International Prostate Symptom Score.
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Your score gives you an
idea of how bad your symptoms are. It will fall into one of these
By itself, your score does not mean that you do or do not
need treatment. But it is a useful way for you and your doctor to look at and
talk about your symptoms and watch them over time.
Men differ in
how bothered they are by urination problems. One man may not be troubled by his
symptoms at all, and another man-with the same score-may feel that his symptoms
are having a big impact on his life.
BPH can be a bother, but it is usually
not a serious health problem. If you are concerned about your symptoms, talk to
your doctor about your options. They may include:
The main thing that helps you decide if and how to treat
your symptoms is how much the symptoms bother you, not what your score is. To
learn more, see these topics:
Source: Roehrborn CG, et al. (2003, updated 2006). Guideline on the
management of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). American Urological
Association Education and Research, Inc. Available online:
McVary KT, et al. (2010). Guideline on the management of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). In American Urological Association Guideline: Management of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), pp. 2–34. Linthicum, MD: American Urological Association Education and Research. Available online: http://www.auanet.org/content/guidelines-and-quality-care/clinical-guidelines.cfm?sub=bph.
Other Works Consulted
Barry MJ, et al. (1992). American Urological
Association symptom index for benign prostatic hyperplasia. Journal of Urology, 148(5): 1549–1557.
November 24, 2010
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & J. Curtis Nickel, MD, FRCSC - Urology
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