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The overwhelming majority of men experience symptoms of an enlarged prostate. This is especially common in men over 50. The prostate is a small gland that sits just below the bladder and is responsible for the production of semen. While many experience symptoms such as an increased frequency in urination due to the pressure an enlarged prostate places on the bladder, other will experience more serious symptoms such as bladder, urinary or kidney infections. Your financial support allows scientists at Northwestern Medicine to continue advancing research and clinical trials to develop new prevention, diagnostic and treatment options for those afflicted with enlarged prostate symptoms.
Men with enlarged prostate glands can experience a variety of symptoms. While some of these symptoms signal an enlarged prostate, each of them alone do not necessarily constitute an enlarged prostate. Some of the symptoms include:
- Urgency, frequency or difficulty with urination
- Weak or disrupted urine streams
- Inability to empty the bladder
- Blood in the urine or urinary tract infection
If left untreated, enlarged prostates can lead to complications. Urinary tract infection is one of the more common symptom. Moreover, the increased pressure on the bladder can cause stretching and leakage of urine. These symptoms can lead to blockage of the urinary tract. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see your physician for a complete medical examination. Exact causes of enlarged prostate have yet to be identified; however, we do know the prostate continues to grow throughout adulthood and this growth can place undue pressure on the bladder. Some studies also suggest that changes in hormones can trigger unwanted prostate growth.
Enlarged Prostate Research, Patient Care and Education Donation
Generous support from our donors affords multidisciplinary teams at Northwestern Medicine the ability to provide the latest in diagnostic tools and treatment options. Rectal exams, 3D ultrasounds and blood and urine tests are used to diagnose enlarged prostates. Our team of experts will develop treatment programs based on the size of your prostate, age, general health and degree of symptoms. Treatments may include recommendations for lifestyle changes such as increased activity and decreased alcohol consumption, medications, minimally invasive surgery and laser therapy.
Please consider making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation to further the development of treatment options for those suffering from an enlarged prostate.