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Impact of lower urinary tract symptoms on quality of life and sexual function

Christine Williams, RGN, DPSN.Clinical Nurse Specialist (Urology) at Derby City General Hospital, DerbyLower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), which can be defined as bothersome changes in the voiding and storage of urine, are increasingly prevalent in men in middle age and beyond. The causative factor for such symptoms tends to be prostatic disease, most commonly benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). These men are also more likely to experience sexual dysfunction (Feldman et al, 1994).

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