Ultrasonographic Prediction of Prostatic Enlargement in Urualla Imo State, Nigeria

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DOI: 10.21522/TIJPH.2013.04.02.Art004

Authors : Mgbe Emeka Kevin, Mgbe Chinenye Glory


Background: The prostate is a reproductive gland found in males. It is responsible for the production of the fluid that carries sperm during ejaculation. The prostate gland usually enlarges with age and eventually gets to a size when it causes obstruction to urine flow which is the most common symptom. A small amount of prostate enlargement is present in many men over age 40. Two common identifiable causes of prostatic enlargement are benign prostatic enlargement and prostatic cancer. Ultrasonography is a non-invasive non ionizing imaging method that uses sound waves to evaluate internal organs of the body. Aim: The main objectives of this research were to determine the percentage of population with prostatic enlargement, to ascertain relationship of prostatic enlargement with age. Method: Prospective study design was used and data collected was focus on men from the age group of 50 years and above. Results: The average age of those screened was 63.11+/-7.85years. There was a higher age average of 64.28years for those with prostatic enlargement when compared with normal subjects with average age of 62.33 years. Conclusion: Ultrasonographic evaluation of prostatic volume is an important screening tool for both benign prostatic enlargement and prostate cancer.

Keywords: Prostatic enlargement, Ultrasonogragph.


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