Effects of stress on male voiding function

Charles Powell, Karl J. Kreder

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Psychological stress has long been suspected to worsen voiding dysfunction in men, but the possible causal relationship is poorly understood. Investigators have used many study methods, including observational studies and several prospective trials, intended to elicit psychological stress and then measure symptoms. Prostate growth is noted to decrease in animals that have undergone surgical sympathectomy, suggesting a role for the sympathetic nervous system in the growth of the prostate and not just in the contraction of its smooth muscle component. Prostate-specific antigen is noted to increase in men with poor social support and recent stress. Voiding parameters and prostate volume are also affected in patients with spinal cord injury. A growing body of literature relates stress to voiding dysfunction. Interest in this will likely increase as the knowledge base and understanding of the physiology improve.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-175
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Bladder Dysfunction Reports
Volume4
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Prostate
Psychological Stress
Physiology
Neurology
Prostate-Specific Antigen
Muscle
Animals
Sympathectomy
Knowledge Bases
Sympathetic Nervous System
Growth
Spinal Cord Injuries
Social Support
Observational Studies
Smooth Muscle
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  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology

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Effects of stress on male voiding function. / Powell, Charles; Kreder, Karl J.

In: Current Bladder Dysfunction Reports, Vol. 4, No. 3, 2009, p. 171-175.

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Powell, Charles ; Kreder, Karl J. / Effects of stress on male voiding function. In: Current Bladder Dysfunction Reports. 2009 ; Vol. 4, No. 3. pp. 171-175.
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