Prostatitis Treatment

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Doctor's View on Prostatitis Treatment

Comment by Charles P. Davis, MD, PhD

What is prostatitis?

Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate gland. There are four different types of prostatitis -- acute and chronic bacterial prostatitis, chronic prostatitis (also termed chronic pelvic pain syndrome, nonbacterial prostatitis or prostatodynia) and asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis. The first two are caused by bacteria. The third, chronic prostatitis, does not have a defined cause. The fourth, asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis, also does not have a defined cause and is usually found incidentally when examining other tissues or fluids.

Prostatitis treatment

Prostatitis treatment depends on the diagnosis of what is causing the inflammation of the prostate. If it is acute bacterial prostatitis, the patient will need antibiotics for at least 14 days (some clinicians recommend even longer times for treatment). The longer term of antibiotics is used because most antibiotics reach prostatic tissues in low amounts and need to be present for longer times to damage or kill bacteria. If chronic bacterial prostatitis is diagnosed, treatment with antibiotics is prolonged further to about 4 to 12 weeks, depending on the patient's condition and the doctor's assessment of their chronic condition. Even with this prolonged treatment, chronic bacterial prostatitis may reoccur in about 25% of patients.

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