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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 215-220  

Study of correlation of urodynamic profile with symptom scoring and ultrasonographic parameters in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia


1 Department of General Surgery, VMMC and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Anaesthesia, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India
3 Department of General Surgery, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India

Date of Submission26-Aug-2019
Date of Decision11-Dec-2019
Date of Acceptance16-Dec-2019
Date of Web Publication28-Jan-2020

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DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_698_19

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  Abstract 


Context: Urodynamic study (UDS) and ultrasonography (USG) both are established investigations to assess the patients of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It is known that the prostate mass (PM) and post-void residual urine volume (PVR) are not significantly related to the patients' symptoms and degree of obstruction; however, the relation between the UDS, USG and patient's International Prostate Symptom Scoring (IPSS) has not been defined. Aims: To correlate the urodynamic parameters with IPSS, PM and PVR in patients with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) suggestive of BPH. Settings and Design: An observational study carried out as a thesis project. Methods and Materials: Thirty male patients aged more than 40 years with LUTS suggestive of BPH were selected and underwent USG, UDS and IPSS. In UDS, the parameters studied were the maximum flow rate (Qmax), detrusor pressure (Pdet) and bladder compliance (BC). PM and PVR were studied in the USG. Statistical Analysis Used: IBM Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) software version 16 (SPSS Inc., Chicago, USA). Pearson's correlation and two-sided significance levels were determined. Results: 1. Significant negative correlation between Qmaxand PVRUSG (r = −0.404, P= 0.027); PMUSG (r = −0.655, P= <0.001) and IPSS (r = −0.563, P= 0.001). 2. Significant positive correlation between Pdetand PVRUSG (r = 0.535, P= 0.002); PMUSG (r = 0.719, P= <0.001) and IPSS (r = 0.649, P= <0.001). 3. Significant negative correlation between BC and PVRUSG (r = −0.490, P= 0.006); PMUSG(r = −0.654, P= <0.001) and IPSS (r = −0.667, P= <0.001). Conclusions: UDS has a significant correlation with IPSS and USG findings and urodynamic parameters give a more specific diagnosis in BPH patients when it is combined with USG and IPSS.

Keywords: Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), detrusor pressure (Pdet) and bladder compliance (BC), International Prostate Symptom Scoring (IPSS), lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), maximum flow rate (Qmax), post-void residual urine volume (PVR), prostate mass (PM), ultrasonography (USG), urodynamic study (UDS)


How to cite this article:
Garg A, Bansal S, Saha S, Kumar A. Study of correlation of urodynamic profile with symptom scoring and ultrasonographic parameters in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia. J Family Med Prim Care 2020;9:215-20

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Garg A, Bansal S, Saha S, Kumar A. Study of correlation of urodynamic profile with symptom scoring and ultrasonographic parameters in patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia. J Family Med Prim Care [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Feb 25];9:215-20. Available from: http://www.jfmpc.com/text.asp?2020/9/1/215/276760




  Introduction Top


Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), identified as the most common clinical condition in older men throughout the world, is the non-malignant growth of the prostate gland.[1] BPH is not life-threatening but causes bothering symptoms, impacting the quality of life.[2]

To describe the BPH symptoms, various symptom scores have been developed and to quantify the objective parameters, there is an established role of ultrasonography (USG) and pressure-flow studies, i.e. urodynamic studies (UDS).

Our study aims to correlate the urodynamic parameters with symptom scoring(IPSS) and USG parameters in patients with LUTS suggestive of BPH.


  Subjects and Methods Top


This study was conducted as a thesis project. Thirty male patients above 40 years of age with LUTS suggestive of BPH were selected. Patients with previous urinary tract surgery, previous prostate or bladder surgery, bladder stones, chronic urinary tract infection (UTI) and prostatic carcinoma were excluded from the study. Approval from ethics committee has been obtained as the research was done as a thesis project for M.S. degree by Dr. Ankur Garg in October 2011.

The absence of any clinical or microbiological evidence of UTI and avoidance of any urinary tract instrumentation at least one week prior to surgery were the pre-requisites to be met before the study.

All the selected patients underwent UDS, USG and International Prostate Symptom Scoring (IPSS).

In UDS, each of the patients was explained about the procedure and placed comfortably on the urodynamic chair in privacy. A thorough cleaning and proper draping of the parts were done. After performing uroflowmetry using uroflowmeter [shown in [Figure 1]], the UDS was conducted by inserting a catheter—8 Fr double-lumen catheter with a side hole 5 cm from the tip [shown in [Figure 2]]—through the urethra using lignocaine 2% jelly following all aseptic precautions. The rectal catheter [Figure 3] was placed per rectally using lignocaine 2% jelly following all aseptic precautions. The patient was then asked to sit over the uroflowmeter device [workstation shown in [Figure 4] and the urethral and rectal catheters were connected to the pressure transducers. The urinary bladder was filled with saline using an infusion pump with a filling rate kept at 50 ml/min. The patient was asked to cough intermittently to ascertain the position of the catheters during the study. These fluid-filled catheters transmitted the intra-vesical and intra-abdominal pressures to the transducers. The patient was asked to withhold voiding throughout the storage phase and to disclose sensations of desire and urgency as and when felt by him. At the point of urgency, patient was asked to void (voiding phase). Using the Phoenix plus V3 (Albyn-Medical, UK) software in the UDS, the parameters calculated were the maximum flow rate (Qmax), detrusor pressure (Pdet) and bladder compliance (BC). Prostate mass (PMUSG) and post-void residual urine volume (PVRUSG) were assessed using USG.
Figure 1: Uroflowmeter with a sensor

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Figure 2: An 8 Fr dual lumen intra-vesical catheter (Used for both pressure measurement [blue channel] and bladder filling [transparent channel])

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Figure 3: A rectal catheter with a measuring balloon

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Figure 4: Urodynamic workstation—comprising of transducers and pump for bladder filling

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IPSS consists of eight questions ranging from incomplete emptying, frequency, intermittency, urgency, weak urinary stream, hesitancy, nocturia to the impact of above symptoms on the quality of the remaining life.[3]

Correlation between parameters assessed with UDS and USG and IPSS was performed using statistical analysis. For statistical analysis of the data, Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) software version 16 (SPSS Inc., Chicago, USA) was used. Pearson's correlation and two-sided significance levels were determined. Where appropriate, Bland–Altman plots were performed using the regression approach for non-uniform differences with the 95% limits of agreement.


  Results Top


In our study, the mean age of the patients included was 55.23 years (Range 41–72 years) [Table 1].
Table 1: Age of patients in the study

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We analysed the correlation of UDS parameters with USG parameters and IPSS.

The correlation coefficient (r) had values −1 to +1. In which, 0 meant no correlation, >0 to +1 was a positive correlation and −1 to <0 was negative correlation.

Correlation of maximum flow rate (Qmax) in UDS with USG parameters and IPSS

The mean Qmax of the patients included was 10.57 ml/sec. (Range 5–20 ml/sec.).

We found a moderate negative correlation between Qmax and PVRUSG(r = −0.404, P = 0.027), PMUSG(r = −0.655, P = <0.001) and IPSS (r = −0.563, P = 0.001) as depicted in [Graph 1], [Graph 2], [Graph 3].



Correlation of detrusor pressure (Pdet) in UDS with USG parameters and IPSS

The mean Pdet of the patients included was 63.60 cmH2O (Range 25–145 cmH2O.).

We found a significant positive correlation between Pdet and PVRUSG (r = 0.535, P = 0.002), PMUSG (r = 0.719, P = <0.001) and IPSS (r = 0.649, P = <0.001) as depicted in [Graph 4], [Graph 5], [Graph 6].



Correlation of bladder compliance (BC) in UDS with USG parameters and IPSS

The mean BC of the patients included was 27.20 ml/cmH2O. (Range 4–45 ml/cmH2O.).

We found a significant negative correlation between BC and PVRUSG (r = −0.490, P = 0.006), PMUSG (r = −0.654, P = <0.001) and IPSS (r = −0.667, P = <0.001) as depicted in [Graph 7], [Graph 8], [Graph 9], respectively.




  Discussion Top


The prostate continues to grow with the age of men. By the age of 60 years, BPH can be identified histologically in about 50% of men and the incidence increases by up to 90% by the age of 90 years.[4],[5]

To describe and quantify the BPH symptoms, various symptom scores have been developed, such as the IPSS, clinical prostate score and Danish prostate symptom score (DAN-PSS-1). To quantify the objective parameters of BPH, there is an established role of USG and pressure-flow studies, i.e., UDS. In USG, one can measure the PM and PVR easily, whereas pressure-flow studies give an account of objective parameters, such as urinary flow rate, PVR and Pdet at Qmax.

The relation between prostate size, symptoms severity and urodynamic measurements of the severity of bladder outlet obstruction (BOO) is complex.[6],[7]

Despite the lack of evidence in the literature that there is any significant correlation between LUTS and BOO, symptom severity and measurement of flow rate are the commonly used criteria for selection of treatment modality in patients with BPH. Emberton et al. (1995) also found more than half of the United Kingdom (UK) urologists rely on symptomatology when selecting patients for prostatic surgery.[8]

Urodynamic investigations with pressure and flow analysis are used as the gold standard for the quantification of the degree of obstruction in elderly men.[9]

Uroflowmetry should be regarded as a basic clinical urodynamic test.[10] In the past, various studies have established the correlation between the USG parameters and symptom scoring in elderly males with BPH. However, no study has shown the correlation of the urodynamic profile with USG parameters and IPSS in patients of BPH.

In our study, we found a moderate negative correlation between Qmax and PVRUSG (r = −0.404, P = 0.027), PMUSG (r = −0.655, P = <0.001) and IPSS (r = −0.563, P = 0.001), i.e. when Qmax decreased, indicating some obstruction, other parameters showed an increase in their values. This, in turn, supports the diagnosis of obstruction and worsening of BPH patients' symptoms.

In the past, Qmax has been correlated with different parameters in various studies. However, there is a slight variation in their results when compared to our study. In his study, Bosch (1995),[11] found a weak negative correlation between Qmax and IPSS. He attributed this to the theoretical possibility of measurement problems or poor test–retest reliability of peak flow rate. Barry (1993) also conducted a similar study in 198 outpatients and found a weak correlation between symptom score (American Urological Association [AUA]) and peak flow rate. He blamed the unreliability in the measurement of physiological/anatomical parameters for the same. He also proposed that these parameters may be measuring different pathophysiological phenomena.[6] In a recent study done by Oranusi et al.,[12] published in 2017, where they collected prospective data from 51 patients, the correlation between IPSS and Qmax was found to be negative and statistically significant.

In our study, we found a significant positive correlation between Pdet and PVRUSG (r = 0.535, P = 0.002), PMUSG(r = 0.719, P = <0.001) and IPSS (r = 0.649, P = <0.001), i.e., Pdet increases in proportion to the degree of obstruction and symptom severity in BPH patients.

In indexed literature, very few studies have correlated Pdet with other parameters in BPH patients. Aganovic et al. studied the correlation between detrusor contractility duration (DCD) and IPSS.[13] He found no significant correlation between DCD and IPSS, prostate volume and PVR.

We found a significant negative correlation between BC and PVRUSG (r = −0.490, P = 0.006), PMUSG (r = −0.654, P = <0.001), IPSS (r = −0.667, P = <0.001), i.e. with an increase in PVR and PM, there is a decrease in BC. Also, we found that with the increase in BC, IPSS falls; hence, BPH patients felt better whereas their condition worsened with a decrease in BC. Abnormally poor compliance is often an artefact of the unnaturally high filling rates that are used during cystometry (excluding ambulatory urodynamic).


  Conclusion and Recommendations Top


From the study, we conclude that:

  1. UDS has a significant correlation with IPSS and USG findings, and the urodynamic parameters give a more specific diagnosis in BOO patients when used in combination with USG and IPSS, rather than when each of them is used alone.
  2. In combination, UDS along with USG and IPSS help to differentiate between obstruction because of prostate and various other causes of LUTS, such as bladder neck dysfunction, spastic urethral sphincter and poor relaxation of the urethral sphincter, urethral stricture or pseudodyssynergia.


We recommend:

  1. UDS should be done routinely in the work-up of patients with BPH, as it provides objective documentation of BOO because of various causes and guides about the degree of obstruction.
  2. UDS in combination with USG and IPSS could help increase the specificity of diagnosis of BPH at primary health care level.
  3. USG, IPSS scoring and UDS should be done before starting any intervention, such as medical, surgical and lifestyle modification, in BPH patients and at regular intervals to assess long-term improvement of BPH symptoms.
  4. A long-term study with a large number of patients should be conducted to further consolidate the correlation between the USG, IPSS and UDS.


Financial support and sponsorship

Thesis Project done by Dr. Ankur Garg in the Department of Surgery, Lady Hardinge Medical College.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.



 
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