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Causes Of Enlarged Prostate


The prostate is a  walnut-shaped glandular organ located around the neck of the male urinary bladder,  females do not have prostate gland. The common causes of prostate enlargement are briefly described below. For a more detailed description, please click through the respective links.

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
 
Benign enlargement of the prostate gland occurs in aging males, particularly in those that are older than 45yrs. The incidence increases with age thereafter, such that by the eight decade of life, almost 90 percent of all men have some prostate enlargement. The hyperplasia begins in the transitional zone, therefore can easily compress the prostatic urethra and cause obstruction to urinary flow. The hyperplasia is believed to be dependent on testosterone ( the male hormone), but the exact cause is unknown.

Cancer Of The Prostate
The exact cause of prostate cancer is unknown. The mortality is relatively more common ( for unclear reasons) in blacks  than Caucasians and there is an increased risk in men who have relatives that were diagnosed with prostate cancer before the age of 70. Hormonal dependency has been suggested but the exact relationship is not known.

Prostatitis
This refers to various inflammatory conditions affecting the prostate gland. Acute prostatitis is commonly caused by bacterial organisms such as E.coli, while chronic prostatitis may be present without necessarily having evidence of infection.

Prostatic Abscess
Prostatic abscesses are purulent collections that result as a complication of bacterial prostatitis. Prostatic abscess is usually treated by surgical drainage and antibiotics.

Causes Of Enlarged Prostate

Causes Of Enlarged Prostate

Symptoms Of Enlarged Prostate
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
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