Urological Conditions - Male Urology
General Information Regarding Male Urological Conditions

Most of men's urological conditions are associated with the prostate gland . These include; but are not limited to, BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia), Prostatitis and Prostate Cancer.

Common Non-Cancer Prostate Problems

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
It is common for the prostate gland to become enlarged as a man ages. Doctors call this condition benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or benign prostatic hypertrophy. read more

Prostatitis
Prostatitis means the prostate might be inflamed or irritated. If you have prostatitis, you may have a burning feeling when you urinate, or you may have to urinate more often. Or you may have a fever or just feel tired. Inflammation in any part of the body is usually a sign that the body is fighting germs or repairing an injury. Some kinds of prostatitis are caused by bacteria, tiny organisms that can cause infection or disease.

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of death from cancer in men of all ages. It is rare in men younger than 40.

Levels of a substance called prostate specific antigen (PSA) is often high in men with prostate cancer. However, PSA can also be high with other prostate conditions. Since the PSA test became common, most prostate cancers are found before they cause symptoms.

Your chance of getting prostate cancer may be affected by

Age: Men age 50 and older run a greater risk

Race: Prostate cancer is most common among African-American men.

Family history: If your father or brother has had prostate cancer, you are more likely to have it, too.

Diet: Eating high-fat food with few fruits and vegetables may raise your risk.

Tell your doctor about urinary problems such as those described below

Problems such as...hesitant, interrupted, weak stream, urgency and leaking or dribbling and or more frequent urination especially at night.

Other Male Urology Issues:

Male Infertility - Infertility is a term doctors use if a man hasn't been able to get a woman pregnant after at least one year of trying. Male infertility can result from physical problems, hormone problems, and lifestyle or environmental factors.

About a third of the time, infertility is because of a problem with the man. One third of the time, it is a problem with the woman.

Peyronie's disease is characterized by a plaque, or hard lump, that forms within the penis. The plaque, a flat plate of scar tissue, develops on the top or bottom side of the penis inside a thick membrane called the tunica albuginea, which envelopes the erectile tissues. The plaque begins as a localized inflammation and develops into a hardened scar. This plaque has no relationship to the plaque that can develop in arteries.

Erectile Dysfunction is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Erectile Dysfunction can be a total inability to achieve an erection, an inconsistent ability to do so, or a tendency to sustain only brief erections.

Erectile Dysfunction is sometimes called impotence, but that word is being used less often so that it will not be confused with other, nonmedical meanings of the term.

 
Additional Reference Documents (PDFs):

What I need to know about Prostate Problems  NIH: NIH Publication No. 08 4806 February 2008
Prostate Problems  National Institue on Aging
The Urologic Diseases Dictionary  NKUDIC: NIH Publication No. 10-4376 May 2010

References:

National Institute on Aging National Institutes of Health U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Publication Date: April 2011

Websites for Additional Information:

AUAFoundation - The Official Foundation of the American Urological Association

NKDEP - National Kidney Disease Education Program

NKUDIC-National Kidney and Urologic Diseases
Information Clearinghouse

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases
Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC)Kidney and Urologic Diseases A-Z list of Topics and Titles

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