A simple new vision score for prostate symptoms.
Article Type: Editorial
Subject: Urinary tract infections (Diagnosis)
Urinary tract infections (Care and treatment)
Therapeutics, Surgical (Usage)
Therapeutics, Surgical (Health aspects)
Pub Date: 04/01/2012
Publication: Name: South African Medical Journal Publisher: South African Medical Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 South African Medical Association ISSN: 0256-9574
Issue: Date: April, 2012 Source Volume: 102 Source Issue: 4
Geographic: Geographic Scope: South Africa Geographic Code: 6SOUT South Africa
Accession Number: 286392538
Full Text: The international prostate symptom score (IPSS) is widely used to assess the severity of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) in men with bladder outlet obstruction (BOO) and to evaluate the response to medical or surgical therapy for benign prostatic obstruction (BPO). LUTS do not correlate well with prostate volume, maximum urinary flow rate, post-void residual urine volume or BOO as determined by urodynamic evaluation. An important problem with the IPSS is that many patients, most commonly those with a lower level of education, could not complete it because they found the questions too difficult to answer.

Heyns, Van der Walt and Groenewald evaluated the correlation of a new visual prostate symptom score (VPSS) and IPSS with uroflowmetry parameters. They found that the VPSS is equivalent to the IPSS in terms of correlation with the maximum (Qmax) and the average (Qave) urinary volumes and can therefore be used instead of the IPSS to evaluate PUTS in men with limited education.
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