The urologist’s role in the medical care area

It is a fact almost unknown that urological diseases may afflict people at every age from childhood on, which is why both men and women ought to remain under the urologist’s watchful eye throughout their lives.

Typical symptoms occurring with children are the ones of a phimosis (8% of boys up to the age of 6) of undescended testis (testis not in scrotum/1% of boys in their first year of age) or of the testicular hydrocele.

Also urinary tract infections with girls need to be looked at and treated upon by the urologist.

Varicoceles occur with 20% of young adults with 85% of cases appearing on the left testicle.

To find out about possibly malignant changes in time, testicles of both youngsters and young adults ought to be checked regularly.

Symptoms of too low testosterone levels (male sexual hormone that initiates puberty) may occur with young adults. Various genetic causes come in here as well (e.g. Klinefelter syndrome).

Also male infertility and the chronic pelvic pain syndrome can be observed with young male adults.

15% of couples fail to have children within their first year, while 90% of young males suffer from the above mentioned syndrome.

Painful as well as frequent urination during days and nights and spontaneous loss of urine both grow more frequent with increasing age.

What is also fairly typical of males in old age is erection problems with 20% of them being affected. As diseases other than urological ones may come in here, such medical specialists as neurologists, internists etc. ought to be consulted as well.

Malignant changes of kidneys, the urinary tract and of male reproductive organs, which may all occur at early ages, too, belong to a urologist’s domain.

In a nutshell: There is much more to being a urologist than palpating the prostate.