Prostatitis Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Nov 30, 2022
  • Author: Robert Ledbetter, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

The differential diagnosis of prostatitis is based on the history, physical examination findings, and, frequently, analysis of expressed prostatic secretions. [33] Absence of systemic symptoms and persistence of pain for at least 3 months indicate chronic prostatitis rather than acute disease. [34] In addition to prostatitis, other conditions to consider include the following:

  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia

  • Chronic pain syndromes (ie, inflammatory bowel disease)

  • Cystitis

  • Erectile dysfunction

  • Prostate cancer

  • Radiculopathies

  • Testicular cancer

  • Urolithiasis

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Differential Diagnoses