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Chronic bacterial prostatitis

Authors
Alain Meyrier, MD
Thomas Fekete, MD
Section Editor
Stephen B Calderwood, MD
Deputy Editor
Allyson Bloom, MD

INTRODUCTION

The prostate is subject to various inflammatory disorders [1]. One of these syndromes is chronic bacterial prostatitis, which is characterized by chronic or recurrent urogenital symptoms in the setting of documented or suspected bacterial infection of the prostate.

Definitions of inflammatory conditions of the prostate and the syndrome of chronic bacterial prostatitis will be reviewed here. Other prostatic syndromes, including acute bacterial prostatitis and chronic prostatitis/pelvic pain syndrome, are discussed separately. (See "Acute bacterial prostatitis" and "Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome".)

DEFINITIONS

While inflammatory or irritative conditions of the prostate are common clinical presentations, they often represent distinct pathogenic processes that may benefit from different management approaches. In order to standardize definitions, improve diagnosis and treatment, and facilitate research, the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) established an International Prostatitis Collaborative Network to devise a classification approach for prostatitis [2]. The scheme developed by this group is the currently accepted categorization of prostatitis and defines the following syndromes (table 1):

I. Acute bacterial prostatitis — Acute urogenital symptoms with evidence of bacterial infection of the prostate (see "Acute bacterial prostatitis")

II. Chronic bacterial prostatitis — Chronic or recurrent urogenital symptoms with evidence of bacterial infection of the prostate

               

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