Symptoms will appear gradually over time. Prostate that has grown enough to create problems with urine flow may cause:
Note: Nighttime urination can also be a sign of other medical conditions. See your doctor if it persists.
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Other common symptoms include:
Backed-up urine may increase the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs). BPH may increase the risk of frequent or chronic infections.
Elderly men with dementia may be at risk for a sudden complete blockage of urine flow. It can cause the bladder to stretch and cause lower abdomen to swell. This is the sign of an emergency.
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Last reviewed September 2020 by
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Adrienne Carmack, MD
Last Updated: 11/4/2020