100 Questions & Answers About Prostate Disease by Kevin R. Loughlin

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By Kevin R. Loughlin

By way of offering either the doctor's and patient's view, this publication offers authoritative, functional solutions in your questions on treatments.

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Qxd 7/25/06 2:17 PM Page 37 Medical Treatment of Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT PROSTATE DISEASE (control group), doxazosin (an alpha blocker) alone, finasteride alone, and doxazosin and finasteride together. These four groups of patients were then followed for signs of progression of BPH. Progression was defined as an increase of urinary symptoms, as measured by the American Urological Association symptom score, acute urinary retention, urinary incontinence, renal insufficiency, or recurrent urinary tract infections.

The TURP is a commonly done surgical procedure that urologists have performed for decades. It is a reliable method to relieve obstructive urinary symptoms. As mentioned previously here, complications associated with TURP can occur. Recent studies report that blood transfusions are required in about 4% of the patients who undergo the procedure. Because the apex of the prostate is near the external urinary sphincter, incontinence is a potential complication. Fortunately, the risk of urinary incontinence after a TURP has been estimated to be about 1%.

To date, no study has yet shown that alpha blockers reduce the risk of going into urinary retention. 33. What is DHT? DHT is a metabolite of testosterone that mediates secondary sexual characteristics, including prostate growth. The major male hormone, testosterone, is converted into DHT by an enzyme known as 5 alpha reductase. 5 alpha reductase was discovered independently in 1974 by Julianne Imperato-McGinley and Patrick Walsh. Julianne Imperato-McGinley was actually studying children in Santo Domingo with ambiguous genitalia and noted that when the male children grew up they never developed enlarged prostates.

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