ANCHOR LEAD :A NEW TEST FOR BPH MAY POINT THE WAY TO PROPER MANAGEMENT, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
BPH, or benign prostatic hyperplasia, involves enlargement of the prostate gland in virtually all men as they age. Some of those men will go on to develop a much more aggressive form of the condition, and they can now be identified with a test developed at Johns Hopkins. Rob Getzenberg, the test’s developer, says there are important clinical implications.
GETZENBERG: If we can identify who has this aggressive form of BPH early, what we’re treating right now is just the prostate, but another part that goes along with BPH is changes in the bladder. And as you get the severe form of BPH your bladder thickens, it’s not as flexible, and a lot of the symptoms come from these bladder changes, and the treatments we’re using do not fix this, and so those don’t seem to be as fixable. So therefore if we could tell you early on that you’re one of these people who has the severe form of BPH, use of more aggressive therapies might be able to prevent these bladder changes from happening. :31
Getzenberg says about one-quarter of all men with BPH are at risk for such complications. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.