An Accurate BPH Diagnosis is Key to Receiving Appropriate Treatment
Receiving an accurate diagnosis is the first step toward successful BPH (benign prostate hyperplasia) treatment. If you are displaying common symptoms of BPH, such as difficulty urinating or a frequent urge to urinate, you should schedule an appointment with your physician.
BPH shares symptoms with many other urologic conditions, so your physician may perform a variety of tests in addition to asking questions about your symptoms and medical history to determine a diagnosis. For example, your exam may include:
- A rectal exam to check the size of the prostate
- A urine or blood test to rule out infections and kidney problems
- A brief neurological exam to rule out nervous system disorders
- A post-void residual volume test to gauge how well you can empty your bladder
If these tests indicate that you may have BPH and your condition appears to be more advanced, your physician may also perform the following tests to confirm a BPH diagnosis:
- A prostate biopsy to take tissue samples from the prostate for further evaluation
- A transrectal ultrasound to measure the size of the prostate
- Pressure flow studies to test bladder function
There are several simple ways you can prepare for your exam. For example, you should take note of what medications you are currently taking, brush up on your family medical history, and keep a detailed log of your symptoms. This information will help your physician make an accurate diagnosis.
Tampa General Hospital offers comprehensive diagnostics for BPH and other urologic conditions. We are also among the first hospitals in the country to offer prostate artery embolization (PAE), a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure that is revolutionizing the way BPH is treated. PAE is best for men who have a significantly enlarged prostate or a prostate size that is considered higher risk for traditional prostate surgery.
If you are displaying moderate or severe symptoms due to an enlarged prostate, or if you have already received a diagnosis of BPH, contact our PAE program coordinator at (813) 539-5995 or complete our online form to begin the evaluation process and see if PAE is right for you.