Nocturic episodes in patients with benign prostatic enlargement may suggest the presence of obstructive sleep apnea Academic Article uri icon


  • Background: Nocturia is a common symptom of benign prostatic enlargement (BPE) that is generally attributed to a urologic pathology. This study assessed whether nocturia severity in BPE patients may be related to an underlying sleep disorder. Methods: Cross-sectional study based in urban community primary care clinics. Study population included men aged 55 to 75 years old. The research group included patients with documented BPE and nocturia of at least once per night versus a comparison group without BPE and with either no or one nocturia episode per night. The presence of symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (SOSA) was assessed using the Berlin questionnaire. Results: Patients with BPE were significantly more likely to report weight gain (21% vs 10%), loudness of snoring (22.6% vs 4%), daytime sleepiness (35.3% vs 12.0%), and hypertension (61.8% vs 41.0%). Fifty-nine patients …

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  • March 1, 2011