From China: SARS-CoV-2 Infection Linked to Incidence of BPH Complications

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection is associated with an increased incidence of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) complications, including urine retention and hematuria, according to a study published online Oct. 18 in the Journal of Internal Medicine.

Alex Qinyang Liu, M.D., from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and colleagues examined the correlation between SARS-CoV-2 infection and BPH complications using large-scale real-world data. Data were included for male patients attending the public health care system in Hong Kong receiving alpha-blocker monotherapy for lower urinary tract symptoms from 2021 to 2022; patients with and without a positive polymerase chain reaction test for SARS-CoV-2 were selected as the exposure and control groups, respectively.

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