An enlarged prostate can cause a range of uncomfortable and potentially dangerous symptoms if left untreated. Urinary tract infections, bladder and kidney damage, and even kidney failure are all possible consequences of an untreated enlarged prostate. Men who experience any of the symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate should seek the help of a urologist as soon as possible. The most common symptom of an enlarged prostate is difficulty urinating.
This can lead to urinary incontinence, blood in the urine, and even a complete inability to urinate. If this occurs, it may be necessary to place a catheter in the bladder. Over time, as the prostate enlarges and symptoms become more severe, it is essential to seek medical attention. In addition to urinary problems, an untreated enlarged prostate can also lead to kidney problems.
Urine buildup can cause kidney stones, which can put pressure on the prostate and cause further inflammation and swelling. In extreme cases, this can lead to dialysis or a kidney transplant. Dr. Andrew Doe, a board-certified radiologist, understands the frustration caused by the symptoms of an enlarged prostate and the risks that come with untreated BPH.
He encourages men who experience any of these symptoms to contact Cleveland Urology Associates at (440) 891-6500 or request an appointment online.