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Prostatitis

Prostatitis

Prostatitis is the swelling or inflammation of the prostate gland. Symptoms can occur sporadically over a period of months. Most prostate problems affect mainly older men, however prostatitis can develop in men of all ages.

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Prostatitis

Symptoms Of Prostatitis

Symptoms of prostatitis include.

  • Passing urine frequently
  • Pain when passing urine
  • Pain when ejaculating
  • Pain in the lower back, pelvis, genitals and buttocks
  • Fever (High temperature)

Acute vs. Chronic Prostatitis

  • Acute prostatitis – Caused by bacterial infection, this infection can be a medical emergency where intravenous antibiotics may be required. Men with this disease will have fever like symptoms aches, chills and pain in the lower back and gentile area. This will develop rapidly and affects an estimated 1 in 10,000 men.
  • Chronic prostatitis – (Chronic pelvic pain syndrome) will affect 1 in 10 men between the ages of 30-50 years old. Although the cause is uncertain this can be described as pelvic or penile pain without evidence of infection. Symptoms will last at least three months and vary in severity affecting areas of the testicles, tip of the penis, pubic or bladder area.

Diagnosis Of Interstitial Cystitis

There is no one test that is specific for interstitial cystitis. Because other conditions can cause the same symptoms, a diagnosis is made only after other possible causes are ruled out. Other conditions that can cause the same symptoms include:

  • bladder cancer
  • chronic prostatitis in men
  • endometriosis
  • kidney stones
  • sexually transmitted infection
  • urinary tract infection
  • vaginal infection

Diagnosis Of Prostatitis

A doctor will give you a rectal examination. They will take a urine sample to test the amount of bacteria present in the urine. Blood tests, ultrasound or a CT scan may be required to determine any other conditions that could cause these symptoms. A specialist may perform a cytoscopy to check for any bladder abnormalities.

Treatment Of Prostatitis

This is treated by a 4-6 week course of antibiotics. The symptoms should pass after two weeks, however to prevent any reoccurrence of infection it is imperative that the patient should see out the duration of the course. Paracetamol or Ibuprofen may be used to easy any pain or fever-like symptoms. In some case a specialist may suggest a prostatectomy (removal of the prostate) when there are small stones (calculi) in the prostate.

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London Urology are specialists in treating conditions of the prostate with the latest treatment techniques available as well as state-of-the-art imaging and same day appointments to ensure you are treated as soon as possible.

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