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Natural History of Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy

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Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy


Although it is generally accepted that benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) is a pathologic condition associated with aging and that its symptoms tend to be progressive, there is only limited clinical research to support these impressions. Several studies of the anatomic development of BPH were performed during the 1920s and 1930s, and some significant clinical data were collected during the 1960s and 1970s concerning the incidence of prostatism and its progression. These studies involved different countries as well as different populations within a given country, and so the patient groups being evaluated may not have been typical of the population as a whole. They consist of autopsy cases, patients with symptoms of prostatism, those having prostatic surgery, etc. However, in spite of the varied conditions, reviewing these studies allows us to get an overall picture of the incidence and natural history of BPH.

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Birkhoff, J.D. (1983). Natural History of Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy. In: Hinman, F., Boyarsky, S. (eds) Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy. Springer, New York, NY.

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