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Non-Bacterial Prostatitis

Alternate Names : Prostatitis, Non-Bacterial, Prostatodynia

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

In non-bacterial prostatitis, men have the symptoms of prostatitis, or inflammation of the prostate gland, but do not have a bacterial infection. The symptoms include difficulty with urination and pain in the groin area.

What is going on in the body?

In this syndrome, men have the symptoms of prostate infection but do not have any evidence of a bacterial infection. Some researchers argue that the organism chlamydia is responsible, but this is very controversial. The symptoms are probably caused by spasms of the sphincter muscles of the bladder and the pelvic floor. This may also increase the pressure in the urethra, which forces urine down into the prostate.

What are the causes and risks of the disease?

Since the cause is not completely understood, it's hard to know what the risks are. Anxiety about the symptoms can make them worse. Men should be reassured that the condition cannot turn into anything more serious.


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Non-Bacterial Prostatitis: Symptoms & Signs

Author: Stuart Wolf, MD
Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
Date Reviewed: 06/06/01

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