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Forty-two percent of the patients had rises in systolic blood pressure (the top number) of more than 30 mmHg during TUMT, while five percent had surges of more than 70 mmHg, the study found.
Also, the study authors wrote that no existing TUMT treatment protocols include continuous monitoring of vital signs during the procedure.
And it's uncertain if the surges are unique to TUMT.
Today, use of TUMT has waned at Cleveland Clinic and other large medical centers, as BPH medications have been improved and new minimally invasive options, such as photovaporization of the prostate (PVP), have come into favor, according to Dr.
With these advances, he says, TUMT has a limited place in the BPH treatment spectrum, reserved mainly for select men with mild to moderate symptoms who cannot tolerate or gain no relief from medications and want to avoid surgery.
Have your doctor explain TUMT and other minimally invasive treatments for BPH, as well as the results these treatments have produced.
Urinary voiding symptoms are greatly improved after TUMT and continue to improve with time.
Twenty out of 22 were able to void after a single TUMT session.
Another disease of the prostate that TUMT may be used for is prostatitis.
TUMT should be clearly distinguished from other thermal techniques, such as transurethral or transrectal hyperthermia, transurethral laser incision of the prostate and high energy focussed ultrasound.
Other prostatic diseases in which TUMT has potential clinical utility include nonbacterial prostatitis and prostatic carcinoma.
Ferrigni, "Preliminary Results of TUMT for Prostatism," Annual Meeting of the RSNA (abs 773), Chicago, Dec.