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What is a digital prostate exam?

What is a digital prostate exam?

DRE: This is a fingertip exam of the prostate with a gloved finger by a physician. ...Read more

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How is benign prostatic hyperplasia diagnosed by digital rectal examination?

How is benign prostatic hyperplasia diagnosed by digital rectal examination?

Consistency: Benign enlargement the gland gets enlarged almost 3 finger size, may not able to reach upper end of prostate, the central grove will disappears, consistency is not hard like malignancy, your urologist is an expert who has knowledge to distinguish from other conditions, finally if needed will do a biopsy to rule out cancer. ...Read more

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Is tamarind fruit harmful for patient who has undergone urethrocystoscopy? Is it harmful for chronic prostatitis?

Is tamarind fruit harmful for patient who has undergone urethrocystoscopy? Is it harmful for chronic prostatitis?

Tamarind: The tamarind tree produces edible, pod-like fruit used extensively in foreign cuisines. It has also been shown to have antibacterial activity, although not in humans. There is no indication of urinary tract toxicity or negative effects on the prostate. ...Read more

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Is frequent ejaculation good for enlarged prostate?

Is frequent ejaculation good for enlarged prostate?

Reduce risk of cance: It does not help with enlarged prostate but studies have shown that it reduces the risk of prostate cancer. ...Read more

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I am 67 years old person having an enlarged prostate problem. Recent sonography report is as follows: " urinary bladder is well distended. It show?

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I am 67 years old person having  an  enlarged prostate problem. Recent  sonography  report is as follows:
" urinary bladder is well distended. It show?

Need surgery...: At this time, your condition is well beyond what drugs can do and surgery to release prostate obstruction is the choice. Today, laser prostate procedure (pvp) is a very safe effective procedure with minimal risk under experienced hands. Of note, i'm sure that you have noted your progressive slowing urine flow has slowly developed over the past 10-20 yrs. So, see and ask doc, but listen to him/her. ...Read more

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Husband had a prostrate ultrasound and report said; measurement 49 times 39 times 30, contained some internal calcifications, and is mildly prominent. Otherwise unremarkable exam. Is this concerning?

Husband had a prostrate ultrasound and report said; measurement 49 times 39 times 30, contained some internal calcifications, and is mildly prominent. Otherwise unremarkable exam. Is this concerning?

No: This sounds like a pretty unremarkable prostate ultrasound. The prostate is on the large side; calcifications are common and not concerning. Depending on what else is going on, this seems overall reassuring. ...Read more

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How often is a dilation eye exam recommended if no symptoms exist? Which one is better? Digital retina exam or dilated eye exam?

How often is a dilation eye exam recommended if no symptoms exist? Which one is better? Digital retina exam or dilated eye exam?

Depends: At your age, & depending on your eye health, a dilated exam every 3 years is probably sufficient. For myopia yearly exams usually are desirable to check on prescription changes. My strong preference is for dilated exams with hi-powered diagnostic indirect lenses to evaluate the posterior part of your eyes. Digital retinal imaging exams (Retincam™) work for big pathologies, but not micro-detailed ...Read more

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I'm 50years old, african descent, no family history of prostate cancer. Psa 4.1 but normal digital rectal exam. Is biopsy recommended? Any risk? Thanks

I'm 50years old, african descent, no family history of prostate cancer. Psa 4.1 but normal digital rectal exam. Is biopsy recommended? Any risk? Thanks

Yes: Indication for a prostate biopsy are an abnormal dre or an elevated psa (most common reason). There is no psa level at which one can absolutely say that prostate cancer is or is not present; only that the higher the psa the greater the probability. Normal/average psa for age 50: ~0.7. Chance of fnding pca on bx with psa 4.1: ~25-35%. Risks of bx: infection, bleeding, pain, urinary retention. ...Read more

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Is constant ejaculation bad for enlarged prostate?

Is constant ejaculation bad for enlarged prostate?

No: Because of the many contradictory beliefs and popular lore regarding masturbation and ejaculation and the absence of good, reproducible, scientific evidence, there is much confusion. In general, the body is very good at self-regulating its glands and it is likely that too little or too much ejaculation (however one defines these) has any significant beneficial or adverse effect on the prostate. ...Read more

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Is it normal to be afraid of a prostate exam?

Is it normal to be afraid of a prostate exam?

Yes: Most men are a little anxious about having a prostate exam. It consists of the physician placing the index finger into the rectum to feel the prostate to assess for size, consistency, and nodules. This digital examination and a blood test called psa are screening tests employed to help detect prostate cancer. ...Read more

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Prostatitis can be found without physical checkup? Had semen analysis and pus cells 10-15hpf r found. Doctor said this is due to prostatitis.

Prostatitis can be found without physical checkup? Had semen analysis and pus cells 10-15hpf r found. Doctor said this is due to prostatitis.

Physical exam: I would expect a physician who's talking about me having prostatitis to give me a rectal, and probably to check the first bit of urine i pass after the rectal. Diagnosing prostatitis / prostate pain / prostate infection / non-infectious prostate troubles is tricky. If no bacteria, sometimes something as simple as a stool softener helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is prostate milking beneficial to an enlarged seminal vescile, or could it cause more damage.

No damage: It would not cause more damage. There could be an obstruction, and if pain gets worse, may need more workup and I assume you had an ultrasound already done. I find it somewhat ironic where your reside though. Good luck! ...Read more

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New girlfriend says masturbation can cause prostate cancer. Is this true?

New girlfriend says masturbation can cause prostate cancer. Is this true?

No link demonstrated: Much concern over a small, case-controlled study reported in january 2009 issue of bju international which reported increased rate of prostate cancer for men in 20's and 30's who masturbated 2-7x/week (and a lower rate for men in their 50's who masturbated often). There are many reasons not to believe the reported conclusions, and it has not been confirmed in other studies. ...Read more

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Is it a problem if my doctor uses psa (protein specific antigen) tests instead of a digital rectal exam for the prostate?

No: Prostate specific antigen (not protein) is a very sensitive marker of prostate function. It very frequently will be elevated before any abnormality is detected by digital rectal exam. However, nothing beats a good clinician being able to feel something on exam. So, really, the two work together to achieve the best results. ...Read more

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25 y.O. Female routine pap smear found microscopic hematuria. No pain, no symptoms, and nurse says no infection. What could be the cause?

25 y.O. Female routine pap smear found microscopic hematuria. No pain, no symptoms, and nurse says no infection. What could be the cause?

Two different source: Microscopic hematuria describes that blood was found in the urine from the bladder. A routine pap smear tests the cervical cells found inside the vagina. The test and the results seem to be from two different sources. You should call your nurse and ask her to clarify the findings as well as the next step. ...Read more

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