BPH, benign prostate disease, hyperthermia

Researchers at the University of Southern California at Los Angeles are studying the use of heat in the treatment of benign prostatic hypertrophy. Similar research has been carried on in Israel for about six years with favorable results. A specially designed instrument is inserted for one hour at a time, twice a week for five weeks. The treatment is not painful; men remain awake during the procedure, but some some develop irritation of the urethra. Results thus far have been encouraging. Methodist Hospital of Indianapolis, Indiana, plans to begin a similar treatment program. (Medical World News 28(23)20,21, December 14, 1987) Copyright 1987 Phylis Austin

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