Prostatitis Questions & Answers

Updated: Mar 20, 2017
  • Author: Paul J Turek, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is prostatitis?

How is prostatitis classified?

How are acute prostatitis and chronic bacterial prostatitis defined?

How is chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS) characterized?

How is asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis characterized?

Where is patient information about prostatitis found?

What are the risk factors and pathogenesis of bacterial prostatitis?

How is prostatitis characterized?

How is chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS) diagnosed?

What is the pathogenesis of viral and granulomatous prostatitis?

What are the possible etiologies of acute bacterial prostatitis?

What are the possible etiologies of chronic bacterial prostatitis?

What are possible etiologies of chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS)?

What causes asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis?

What is the prevalence of prostatitis in the US?

What is the global incidence of prostatitis?

How does the incidence of prostatitis vary by age?

What is the prognosis of prostatitis?

Presentation

What are the signs and symptoms of bacterial prostatitis?

What are the signs and symptoms of chronic bacterial prostatitis?

What are the signs and symptoms of chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS)?

What should be the focus of clinical history for suspected prostatitis?

What are physical findings characteristic of acute bacterial prostatitis?

What are physical findings characteristic of chronic bacterial prostatitis?

What are physical findings characteristic of chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS)?

Which findings on digital rectal exam are characteristic of asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis?

What are potential complications of prostatitis?

DDX

What conditions should be included in the differential diagnoses of prostatitis?

What are the differential diagnoses for Prostatitis?

Workup

What is the role of lab testing in the diagnosis of prostatitis?

What is the role of urine studies in the workup of prostatitis?

What is the role of fractional urine exam in the workup of prostatitis?

What is the role of blood studies in the workup of prostatitis?

What is the role of imaging in the workup of prostatitis?

Treatment

What are the treatment options for prostatitis?

What are the treatment options for acute bacterial prostatitis?

What are the treatment options for chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS)?

How is prostatitis prevented?

When is consultation with an urologist indicated in the treatment of prostatitis?

What is included in long-term monitoring following treatment for prostatitis?

Medications

What is the role of medication in the treatment of prostatitis?

Which medications in the drug class Alpha-adrenergic antagonists are used in the treatment of Prostatitis?

Which medications in the drug class Antibiotics are used in the treatment of Prostatitis?