Receiving an Accurate Diagnosis is Essential for Effective Enlarged Prostate Treatment
The first step toward receiving effective treatment for an enlarged prostate is having a doctor provide an accurate diagnosis and identifying the underlying factors that may be causing the condition. If you are experiencing common symptoms of an enlarged prostate, such as frequent urination or difficulty urinating, you should consider making an appointment with a physician.
One of the most common conditions associated with an enlarged prostate is benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. Common tests for this condition include a:
- Rectal exam for the purpose of checking the size of the prostate
- Neurological exam to rule out disorders of the nervous system
- Post-void residual volume test to examine how well the bladder is emptied
If your doctor determines that an underlying condition such as prostatitis (prostate infection) or prostate cancer may be causing your enlarged prostate, an accurate diagnosis could be achieved through the following tests:
- A biopsy of tissue samples taken from the prostate
- A urine or blood test to identify infections and kidney problems
- An ultrasound to measure the size of the prostate
- Pressure flow tests that measure bladder function
Before any prostate exam, make sure you are well prepared by noting all of the medications you are taking, researching your family history, and keeping a detailed log of all your symptoms. This will equip your doctor with the necessary information to make an accurate diagnosis regarding your enlarged prostate.
Tampa General Hospital offers comprehensive diagnostic services and treatment for conditions that cause an enlarged prostate, including minimally invasive prostate artery embolization. PAE is not suitable for all men who have an enlarged prostate. It is best for men with a significantly enlarged prostate or a prostate that is considered higher risk for the more traditional form of prostate surgery, transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP).
If you have received a diagnosis of an enlarged prostate or benign prostate hyperplasia and suffer from moderate to severe symptoms, contact Tampa General’s PAE program coordinator today at (813) 539-5995 or fill out our online form to start the evaluation process to determine your candidacy for minimally invasive prostate artery embolization (PAE).