Association between the self-perception period of lower urinary tract symptoms and the international prostate symptom score

Sung Ryul Shim, Jae Heon Kim, Khae Hawn Kim, Sang Jin Yoon, Won Jin Lee, Hae Joon Kim, Jae Hyun Bae

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Objectives: The timing of visiting a hospital after self-perception of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) is different between individuals. The association between the self-perception period (S-PP) of LUTS and the progression of LUTS has seldom been documented. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between the S-PP of LUTS and the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS). Subjects and Methods: This was a cross-sectional study comprising 267 men aged 40 years and older who participated in a prostate examination survey between February and May 2009. Survey questionnaires included items on the IPSS, the S-PPs of seven individual LUTSs assessed in the IPSS. Results: The S-PP of LUTS became significantly longer as the severity of LUTS increased. Of the seven symptoms, a weak urinary stream and nocturia showed longer S-PPs than others. Partial correlation between the S-PP and IPSS showed a statistically significant positive correlation. Linear regression analysis showed a statistically significant relationship that unstandardized coefficients included 0.051 and 0.005 for IPSS and quality of life. Conclusions: These findings suggest that the S-PP is an independent risk factor for LUTS progression. S-PPs have to be considered for treatment or prevention of LUTS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-437
Number of pages7
JournalUrologia Internationalis
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jun 1



  • Distance perceptions
  • International prostate symptom score
  • Prostatic hyperplasia
  • Prostatism
  • Self-perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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