The symptoms of BPH, urgency, frequency etc are pretty obvious methods of diagnosing the problem. A DRE (digital rectal examination) can, in experienced hands, give a medic a good indication also. Regrettably many medics are not on top of this method. It consists of a gloved and lubricated finger inserted into the rectal passageway. The prostate can be felt through the rectal wall and its consistancy gauged.
Other methods of checking BPH are an ultra sound, via a hand held device which is stroked across the stomach to check the amount of urine which is retained within the bladder. A TRUS, transrectal ultra sound gives a better picture and is provided by a probe inserted into the back passage. A cystoscopy can enable a medic to see what if any problems are present, this is a thin flexible tube slipped in through the penis and up into the prostate and bladder areas.
Any ingress via the urethra with an instrument calls for an antibiotic. Letters from members indicate that infection can sometimes be caused by such instrumentation.
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