PCPs May Miss LUTS Cases

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ANAHEIM, Calif.—Moderate to severe lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) are present in 42% of men over age 50 who visit their primary-care physician (PCP), according to data presented here at the American Urological Association annual meeting.

 

In addition, 48% of these men had an enlarged prostate based on digital rectal examination (DRE) and 43% had a PSA level of 1.5 ng/mL or higher, and 66% had an enlarged prostate based on either DRE or a PSA level of 1.5 ng/mL or above.

 

Of the 29% of men with moderate to severe LUTS (International Prostate Symptom Score higher than 7) and an enlarged prostate, only 32% intended to speak with their PCP about urination problems at the current visit, the investigators reported.

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