Non-surgical treatment of prostatic hyperplasia may soon be possible

25 June 2014

Non-surgical treatment for enlarged prostate may soon be possible, as experts have successfully used pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF) to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

Researchers have said that tests conducted on dogs suffering from the same problem have been very successful.

They are of the opinion that if they can work so effectively on dogs, this non-invasive process should also succeed in the case of men.

The BPH problem is not uncommon, and if this non-invasive process is successful it will help a large number of people across the world.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common urological condition caused by the non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland as men get older. As the prostate enlarges, it can squeeze down on the urethra. 

The symptoms associated with BPH are known as lower urinary tract symptoms.  This can cause men to have trouble urinating and leads to symptoms of BPH.

The symptoms associated with BPH are known as lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). As a man ages, his prostate may become larger and start to cause urinary symptoms and other problems.

Researchers say that the method used in the study to treat dogs with BPH was pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF). They say that it is a non-invasive method that generates both an electrical and magnetic field and is used in orthopedics, neurology, and urology.

Raffaella Leoci, the leader of the study says, ''Previous studies have suggested that reduced blood flow to the prostate gland and resulting inflammation contribute to the development of BPH. We know that PEMF has positive effects on similar conditions, so we thought it might also heal BPH or may be even prevent BPH from developing.''

Leoci is a senior researcher at University of Bari in Italy.

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