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On callBPH (hypertrophy vs. hyperplasia)
Q. As a retired physician, I particularly appreciate Harvard Men's Health Watch since it's an easy way for me to learn about new developments in medicine. As a 78-year-old man with an enlarged prostate, I'm particularly interested in your fine articles about BPH. But if memory serves me right, we called the condition "benign prostatic hypertrophy" when I was in practice, but now you call it "benign prostatic hyperplasia." What's the difference?
A. Thanks for your kind words.
Medicine is indeed a rapidly changing science, and you are exactly right about the changing name of BPH. For many years, doctors believed that …