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Doctors Issue New Guidelines on Spotting, Treating Enlarged Prostate
Date:2/4/2011

he last published guideline in 2003, many new medical and surgical therapies have emerged to help urologists treat men who suffer from lower urinary tract symptoms related to BPH. Incorporating these new treatments in the new 2011 guideline will help to standardize care for all men diagnosed with BPH," said Dr. David Shin, assistant professor of urology at the medical school of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and a clinician at Hackensack University Medical Center.

"Interestingly, the 2011 guideline also lowered the index patient age to 45 from 50," he added. "It is not surprising that younger men are having lower urinary tract symptoms since enlargement of the prostate begins at age 45. With this new AUA guideline, physicians will be able to effectively treat both the younger and older male suffering from voiding dysfunction related to their enlarged prostate."

The guideline is expected to be published in an upcoming issue of The Journal of Urology.

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The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has more about prostate enlargement.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Dr. David Shin, MD, assistant professor, urology, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Medical School, and clinician, Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ; American Urological Association, news release, Feb. 3, 2011


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