Causes and Diagnosis
Causes and Diagnosis of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms
LUTS are often caused by abnormalities of the prostate, bladder or urethra.
Risk factors may include:
- Increasing age
- Prostatitis or urinary tract infections
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate)
Diagnosing Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms
Your physician will review your medical history and perform a physical exam. They may order tests, such as:
- Urinalysis: This test checks for blood cells, germs (like bacteria) or excess protein in the urine.
- Blood analysis: Your blood may be drawn to test kidney function and prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels.
- Ultrasound: This test uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the urinary tract.