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About the I-PSS

The International Prostate Symptom Score (I-PSS) is based on the answers to seven questions  concerning urinary symptoms and one question concerning quality of life. Each question  concerning urinary symptoms allows the patient to choose one out of six answers indicating  increasing severity of the particular symptom. The answers are assigned points from 0 to 5. The  total score can therefore range from 0 to 35 (asymptomatic to very symptomatic).        

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Question eight refers to the patient’s perceived quality of life.

The first seven questions of the I-PSS are identical to the questions appearing on the American  Urological Association (AUA) Symptom Index which currently categorizes symptoms as  follows:

Mild (symptom score less than of equal to 7)  Moderate (symptom score range 8-19)  Severe (symptom score range 20-35)

The International Scientific Committee (SCI), under the patronage of the World Health  Organization (WHO) and the International Union Against Cancer (UICC), recommends the use  of only a single question to assess the quality of life. The answers to this question range from  “delighted” to “terrible” or 0 to 6. Although this single question may or may not capture the  global impact of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) Symptoms or quality of life, it may serve as  a valuable starting point for a doctor-patient conversation.

The SCI has agreed to use the symptom index for BPH, which has been developed by the AUA  Measurement Committee, as the official worldwide symptoms assessment tool for patients  suffering from prostatism.

The SCI recommends that physicians consider the following components for a basic diagnostic  workup: history; physical exam; appropriate labs, such as U/A, creatine, etc.; and DRE or other  evaluation to rule out prostate cancer.

About the Prostate Symptom Score (I-PSS)

The International Prostate Symptom Score (I-PSS) is based on the answers to seven questions concerning urinary symptoms and one question concerning quality of life. Each question concerning urinary symptoms allows the patient to choose one out of six answers indicating increasing severity of the particular symptom.

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