Lower urinary tract symptoms and Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Old problems, new solutions.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia is a common cause of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). Newer medications and minimally invasive treatments are now available in Australia, although the long-term outcomes are as yet unknown. Common questions asked by GPs and patients are answered here.

Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) affect millions of men in Australia. The most common cause of LUTS in Australian men is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). This article highlights some of the key aspects in the management of men with LUTS due to BPH, including:

  • important steps in the work-up of patients with LUTS 
  • ‘red flag’ symptoms indicating that early referral to a urologist is warranted 
  • baseline investigations to conduct in primary care

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