Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) (cont.)
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Exams and Tests
Your doctor will first want to make sure that your urination problem is caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and not by something else. This can usually be determined from your medical history, a physical exam that focuses on the urinary tract, a urinalysis, and a blood test. A neurological exam should also be done to determine whether your symptoms are related to a problem with the nerves to the bladder. A questionnaire such as the American Urological Association (AUA) symptom index may be used to evaluate how bothersome your symptoms are. It is not used to diagnose BPH.
Tests that are often done
Tests that are used as needed
If your symptoms are moderate to severe, additional tests, called urodynamic studies, may be done.
Tests that may be done
The following tests may be done if you have complications of BPH or if there is a need to look for other causes of the symptoms.
There is no routine screening test for prostate enlargement. But it may be detected during other screening tests that are regularly done to check for prostate or rectal cancer, such as the digital rectal exam and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test.
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