How is benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) diagnosed?

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) diagnosis usually occurs when a man goes to his primary healthcare practitioner with complaints of bothersome urinary problems. To diagnose BPH, the doctor will
  • Have you fill out a questionnaire about your urinary problems -- to determine if you have the classic symptoms and to judge how severe the symptoms are.
  • Take your past and current medical history to determine if there are other conditions that could be causing urinary symptoms.
  • Check your prostate gland using a procedure called a direct rectal examination (DRE) that helps to determine if the prostate is enlarged and if any abnormalities exist that require further investigation.
  • Give you a physical exam to determine if any undetected medical problems could be causing your symptoms.
  • Check your urine for blood or signs of infection.

In addition, the doctor may test your blood for creatinine to determine if your kidneys have been affected. He or she also may recommend a test known as the prostate-specific antigen test to check for cancer.

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