Q | how is BPH diagnosed?
A | Patients usually see their GP's complaining of some or all of the following symptoms: urgency, frequency of urination, nocturia, hesitant or weak stream of urine, dribbling at the end of urination and a feeling of incomplete emptying. Your doctor will go through your history and as part of his examination, perform a rectal examination (DRE).
Examination of the prostate demonstrates whether it is enlarged or not. Your doctor may request a blood test to check your PSA. This can be used as a possible indicator for prostate cancer in some circumstances.
If a diagnosis of BPH is made, the GP will then refer you to a urologist. Your urologist will confirm your symptoms history and repeat the prostate examination to confirm your GP's findings. Your urologist then may order the following tests: