Assessment and management of lower urinary tract symptoms in men
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Assessment and management of lower urinary tract symptoms in men

Brett Craig Dawson Clinical nurse practitioner, University College London Hospital, London, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To learn about the main types of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) affecting men

  • To understand the primary causes of LUTS in men

  • To familiarise yourself with the available options for managing LUTS in men

Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) is a broad term that covers a range of urinary issues, which are often categorised as storage and voiding symptoms. Storage symptoms include increased frequency, nocturia, urgency and urge incontinence, while voiding symptoms include hesitancy, suboptimal flow, dribbling and incomplete emptying. In men, the most common causes of LUTS are benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement) and overactive bladder. This article provides an overview of the anatomy of the prostate and outlines the assessment process for men presenting with LUTS. It also explains the recommended lifestyle modifications, medicines and surgical interventions available to male patients who are experiencing these symptoms.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2023.e11996

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Conflict of interest

None declared

Dawson BC (2023) Assessment and management of lower urinary tract symptoms in men. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2023.e11996

Published online: 27 March 2023

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