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Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and human kallikrein 2 are closely related products of the human kallikrein genes KLK3 and KLK2, respectively. Both PSA and human kallikrein 2 are produced and secreted in the prostate and have important applications in the diagnosis of prostate cancer. We report here the identification of unusual mRNA splice variants of the(More)
Administration of GnRH agonist analogs to women may result in a hypoestrogenic state and bone mass reduction. In the present study we examined bone mineral density (BMD) and parameters of mineral metabolism in elderly men with benign prostatic hyperplasia before and during a hypoandrogenic state induced by the long-acting GnRH agonist D-Trp6-LHRH(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the effect on sexual function of alfuzosin 10 mg once daily, a uroselective alpha(1)-blocker, in men with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) suggestive of bladder outlet obstruction. PATIENTS AND METHODS In all, 3076 men (mean age 65.9 years) were treated for 1 year with alfuzosin 10 mg in 'real life' practice. They were asked to(More)
Literature on natural immunity to tetanus is scarce. We examined antitetanus antibody levels with the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in 200 people living in an isolated community and clarified the influence of age and sex on immunity. In 197 subjects, antitoxin antibodies were measured. No sex differences were noted, and 30% had protective levels (above(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the post-percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PNL) non-contrast-enhanced computed tomography (NCCT) findings and assessed their clinical significance. NCCT evaluates stone clearance after PNL and also reveals procedure-related changes. METHODS One hundred consecutive patients who underwent PNL were evaluated by NCCT one day post-procedure.(More)
Pure antiandrogens have a quality-of-life advantage over other androgen ablation methods in the treatment of patients with prostatic cancer because they do not reduce the serum testosterone and therefore do not have a marked inhibitory effect on libido and potency. The long half-life of two of the three currently studied pure antiandrogens permits(More)
The pineal hormone melatonin regulates seasonal reproduction and pubertal development in mammals. We recently found melatonin receptors in the human benign prostate tissue, primarily associated with the microsome-enriched fraction of the epithelial cells. In cultured benign prostate epithelial cells, melatonin, at physiological concentrations, suppressed(More)
We prospectively assessed patients' erectile function (EF) using the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) and a global assessment questionnaire (GAQ) following permanent 125I-brachytherapy for localized prostate cancer. Of 378 treated patients, 220 had a minimal 2-y follow-up and 131/220 were sexually active prior to brachytherapy, with an EF(More)
PURPOSE We assessed in real-life practice the impact of age, cardiovascular comorbidity and co-medication on the tolerability and efficacy of 10 mg alfuzosin OD in men with lower urinary tract symptoms suggestive of benign prostatic obstruction. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 6,523 men with a mean age of 64.7 years were enrolled in a 6-month open label(More)