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Eur Urol. 2002 Mar;41(3):240-4; discussion 244-5.

Symptomatic benign prostate hyperplasia: impact on partners' quality of life.

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  • 1Department of Urology, University of Athens Medical School, 75, Mikras Asias Street, 115 27 Athens, Greece.



Symptomatic benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), besides affecting patients' quality of life through lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), and related acute events, may affect their partners' quality of life as well. The present study was focused on exploring partner morbidity in cases of symptomatic BPH patients being evaluated for surgical treatment.


The study group was comprised of 50 couples where male partners suffered from symptomatic BPH and was referred for further evaluation and, possibly, surgical treatment. Male subjects were asked to fill out the IPSS form, while the female partners were, separately, asked to fill out another structured questionnaire about 7 items (sleep disturbance, social disruption, performance of essential tasks, psychological impact, sex life, fear of cancer, fear of surgery). Data were analyzed in relation to the severity of symptoms (IPSS), patient's and partner's age, couple's age difference, marriage duration, mode and place of living.


Partners' morbidity due to their husband's condition was comprised of sleep disturbance (28%); disruption of social life (30%) positively related to IPSS and negatively to the symptom duration; inability to take care of essential tasks outside and inside their house (8%); psychological burden (66%) positively related to the wife's age, the couple's age difference and the marriage duration; inadequate sex life (48%); fear of prostate cancer (62%); and fear of surgery (82%).


Partners of patients with symptomatic BPH experience significant morbidity because of their husband's condition. The severity of patients' symptoms, however, is not always related to partners' morbidity. Partners should be adequately informed of the benign nature of the disease, as well as, the possible operating risks.

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