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Prostatitis is inflammation of the prostate gland. It is most commonly associated with a bacterial infection, but infection is not always found in the prostate. Prostatitis can affect men of any age and is the most common urological disorder in men over the age of 50. It is easily treated and not contagious.

There are two types of prostatitis: acute bacterial prostatitis (ABP) and chronic bacterial prostatitis (CBP).

Symptoms of Prostatitis

Acute bacterial prostatitis:

  • Sudden onset of chills and fever
  • Frequent urination
  • Incomplete urination
  • Lower back pain
  • Pain in penis / testes / perineum
  • Painful ejaculation

Chronic bacterial prostatitis:

  • Blood in the semen
  • General discomfort in the genital area
  • Lower back pain
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Recurring urinary tract infection
  • Urinary urgency and frequency
  • Slow stream
  • Pain with urination
  • Erectile dysfunction

Risk Factors for Prostatitis

  • Previously having had prostatitis
  • Having a sexually transmitted disease
  • Having a urinary tract infection
  • Having a catheter in your bladder
  • Dehydration
  • Stress

Treatment for Prostatitis

You provider will obtain your medical history and perform a physical exam. Other tests that may be ordered are urinalysis, urine culture, and ultrasound and/or CT scan of the prostate.

The treatment for prostatitis depends on the type of infection: acute bacterial prostatitis or chronic bacterial prostatitis. Options include:

  • Antibiotics administered intravenously, followed by oral antibiotics to destroy the bacteria
  • Surgical removal of part of the prostate for patients who experience chronic pain and serious complications
  • Transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), a procedure that uses an instrument called a resectoscope, which is inserted into the penis through the urethra to remove the obstructing tissue

Miami urologist Dr. Marvin Bondhus sees and treats men with prostatitis from throughout Miami-Dade County. For a consultation, call (305) 661-9692 or use our secure online appointment request form.