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Br J Urol. 1996 Sep;78(3):398-400.

A comparative study of laser ablation and transurethral electroresection for benign prostatic hyperplasia: results of a 6-month follow-up.

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Haydarpasa Numune State Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey.

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  • Br J Urol 1997 Feb;79(2):304.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To compare the efficacy of standard transurethral electroresection of the prostate (TURP) and visual laser ablation in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

In a randomized prospective study, the prostate glands of 60 patients with symptomatic bladder outlet obstruction caused by BPH were treated with TURP or visual ablation with the Ultraline side-firing Nd:YAG laser; the patients were assessed using standard symptom scores, the measurement of residual urine and uroflowmetry both before and at 3 and 6 months after treatment.

RESULTS:

All patients in both treatment groups had a significant improvement in symptoms and objective measures of voiding. The laser treatment gave significantly better improvements in symptom score than did TURP (P = 0.034), but TURP produced significantly better peak urinary flow rates (P = 0.025).

CONCLUSION:

These early results indicate that laser ablation of BPH may be a good alternative in the surgical treatment of this disease.

PMID:
8881949
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