Association of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia with Male Pattern Baldness

    May 1998 in “ Urology
    Bong Ryoul Oh, Seong-Jin Kim, Jai Dong Moon, Hyeung Nam Kim, Dong Duek Kwon, Young Ho Won, Soo Bang Ryu, Yang Il Park
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    TLDR Men with enlarged prostates often have more severe baldness.
    In 1998, a study involving 225 patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and 160 controls investigated the link between BPH and male pattern baldness. The study found that those with BPH had a higher severity of baldness (median grade IV) compared to the control group (median grade III), with a significant difference (P <0.001). Additionally, 53.8% of the BPH group had a baldness grade of IV or higher, compared to 36.9% in the control group (P <0.01), and a higher incidence of inherited baldness was observed in the BPH group (31.6% vs. 12.5% in controls, P <0.001). However, no correlation was found between the severity of baldness and the International Prostate Symptom Score. The study concluded that there is a strong association between BPH and male pattern baldness, which could lead to cross-screening and combined treatment strategies for both conditions.
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