The Reduction of Male Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms Is Associated With a Decreased Risk of Death.

Male lower urinary tract symptoms have been correlated with an increased risk of death; however, it is unclear if treatment will reduce this risk. Our objective was to determine whether a reduction in lower urinary tract symptoms is associated with a reduced risk of mortality.

We conducted a secondary analysis of the MTOPS (Medical Treatment of Prostate Symptoms) randomized trial of placebo, doxazosin, finasteride, or doxazosin and finasteride. Men in the United States between 1993 and 1998 who were >50 years of age with moderate to severe lower urinary tract symptoms were included. We used various Cox regression models to assess the relationship between AUA Symptom Score (modeled as a time-varying exposure) and death.

A total of 3,046 men (median age 62, quartiles 57-68) were randomized and had a baseline AUA Symptom Score. For each 1-point improvement in the AUA Symptom Score, the hazard ratio for death was 0.96 (0.94-0.99, P = .01). Our sensitivity analyses found a similar significant reduction in the hazard ratio for death within men who had active treatment, but not among men who were randomized to the placebo arm; our results did not change when men were censored at the time of transurethral prostate resection, with adjustment for potential confounders, or with a shorter observation period after the last study visit. A comparable significant reduction in death was seen with 1-point improvements in the storage (HR 0.94, 95% CI 0.88-0.99, P = .04) and voiding (HR 0.95, 95% CI 0.91-0.99, P = .03) subscales individually.

Improvement in male lower urinary tract symptoms was associated with a reduced risk of death. Further study is warranted to determine if the male treatment paradigm should shift toward symptom treatment independent of bother.

The Journal of urology. 2023 Sep 08 [Epub]

Blayne Welk, J Andrew McClure

Department of Surgery and Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada., London Health Sciences Center, London, Ontario, Canada.