What is Prostate Enlargement

The prostate gland, responsible for producing the seminal fluids in which the sperm "swim," sits under the bladder and surrounds the tube leading from the bladder to the outside. With aging, the prostate gland enlarges in size and, because of its location, can prevent normal urine flow. Most men, if they live long enough, will develop at least some degree of prostate gland enlargement, and by age 80, as many as 40% of them in the United States will have had surgery to remove a part of their enlarged gland.

What is Prostate EnlargementSymptoms of prostate enlargement include a weak urine stream, dribbling of urine, difficulty getting your urine stream started and stopped, and incomplete emptying of your bladder. When urine remains sitting in your bladder, it can more easily become infected. The obstruction to urine flow caused by the enlarged gland can become so severe that you cannot pass urine at all. This complication is a true emergency for which you must seek immediate medical attention.

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