Letters Benign prostatic hyperplasia

The term BPH is misused

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39493.447361.1F (Published 21 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:405
  1. Paul Abrams, professor of urology
  1. 1Bristol Urological Institute, Southmead Hospital, Bristol BS10 5NB
  1. paul_abrams{at}bui.ac.uk

Drug companies market drugs for BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia). However, this is a misuse of the term, which all dictionaries define as a histological term and not related to gross anatomical change. It is therefore disappointing that the BMJ has commissioned review articles on BPH .1 Several important organisations have accepted the arguments presented in the …

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