Prostatitis refers to the inflammation of the prostate, and it is often discussed synonymously with chronic pelvic pain. The swelling of the prostate usually causes urinary symptoms. It can be caused by an infection (bacterial prostatitis); if it is acute, it can be treated with antibiotics. However, some infections may recur and become chronic, making them more difficult to treat.
In other cases, damage to the lower urinary tract (caused by surgery or trauma) can cause prostatitis. However, in the majority of cases, the exact cause of prostatitis cannot be identified.
Symptoms will vary depending on the cause of prostatitis. Common symptoms include:
- Pain or burning when urinating (dysuria)
- Difficulty urinating (hesitation, dribbling)
- Frequent urination at night (nocturia)
- Urgent need to urinate
- Cloudy urine
- Blood in the urine
- Abdominal pain (lower back, groin)
- Pelvic pain
- Perineum pain (between the scrotum and the rectum)
- Pain or discomfort in the penis or testicles
- Painful ejaculation
- Flu-like symptoms (with bacterial prostatitis)
In order to diagnose prostatitis, your doctor will have to rule out other possible conditions. They will ask you questions to obtain a detailed medical history. The diagnostic testing includes a urine test, blood test, and a digital rectal exam. In some cases, your doctor will order imaging tests (CT scan). In rare cases, they may perform a post-prostatic massage to test the secretions.
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In the case of acute bacterial prostatitis, antibiotics will be prescribed to treat the infection. Once the infection is treated, the prostate swelling should go down.