Enlarged Prostate Symptoms

Swollen Prostate

The medical term for a swollen prostate is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia or for short BPH.

To help determine the severity of a swollen prostate or BPH, a test was developed that can be self administered and scored.  This test, called the International Prostate Symptoms Score, is a series of questions about your symptoms in which you grade their severity.

Those who experience BPH typically have a progressive increase in the severity of the symptoms over a period of time.  The most common swollen prostate symptoms include the frequent need to urinate during the night, a decrease in the force of the urine stream and the feeling that you have not completely emptied your bladder immediately after urinating.

If the swollen prostate constriction of the urethra is severe and left untreated, more serious complications can develop including damage to the kidneys and bladder and infection.

Generally, treatment for a swollen prostate may not be required if the symptoms are mild and one can live with them.  For more severe symptoms, treatment should be undertaken which may include surgery.  

Treatment, which usually means surgery, is required for the following more serious symptoms or damage caused by a swollen prostate:

Bladder stones

Blood in the urine

Inability to urinate

Kidney damage