Current Urology Reports

, 15:463 | Cite as

The Role of Inflammation in Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS) due to Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) and Its Potential Impact on Medical Therapy

  • Vincenzo FicarraEmail author
  • Marta Rossanese
  • Michele Zazzara
  • Gianluca Giannarini
  • Maria Abbinante
  • Riccardo Bartoletti
  • Vincenzo Mirone
  • Francesco Scaglione
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (K McVary, Section Editor)
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  1. Topical Collection on Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia


A chronic prostatic inflammation seems to play a crucial role in benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) pathogenesis and progression. Therefore, inflammation could represent a new potential target for medical therapy of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) due to BPH (LUTS/BPH). This review article analyzes the evidence supporting the role of inflammation in the onset and progression of BPH, and it assesses the potential impact of previous mechanisms on medical therapy of LUTS/BPH. Literature data support the role of inflammation as a relevant factor in the pathogenesis of BPH. Indeed, several data favour the role of infiltrating lymphocytes in the development and progression of prostate adenoma as an effect of a self-maintaining remodeling process. Although available drugs commonly used in the treatment of LUTS/BPH do not exhibit an anti-inflammatory activity, it seems to be obvious considering the inflammation as a new target in the treatment of LUTS/BPH. Drugs currently investigated for the treatment of prostatic inflammation include the hexanic lipidosterolic extract of Serenoa repens, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and vitamin D receptor agonists.


Inflammation Lower urinary tract symptoms Benign prostatic hyperplasia Medical therapy 


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Conflict of Interest

Prof. Vincenzo Ficarra reports a grant and personal fees from Pierre Fabre.

Prof. Riccardo Bartoletti reports a grant and personal fees from Takeda Company and Pierre Fabre.

Dr. Marta Rossanese, Dr. Michele Zazzara, Dr. Gianluca Giannarini, Dr. Maria Abbinante, Prof. Vincenzo Mirone, and Dr. Francesco Scaglione each declare no potential conflicts of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vincenzo Ficarra
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marta Rossanese
    • 2
  • Michele Zazzara
    • 2
  • Gianluca Giannarini
    • 1
  • Maria Abbinante
    • 1
  • Riccardo Bartoletti
    • 3
  • Vincenzo Mirone
    • 4
  • Francesco Scaglione
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Experimental and Clinical Medical Sciences, Urology UnitUniversity of Udine, Academic Medical Centre Hospital UdineUdineItaly
  2. 2.Department of Surgical, Oncologic and Gastrointestinal Sciences, Urologic UnitUniversity of PadovaPaduaItaly
  3. 3.Department of UrologyUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly
  4. 4.Department of UrologyUniversity of NaplesNaplesItaly
  5. 5.Department of Medical Biotechnologies and Translational MedicineUniversity of MilanMilanItaly

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