Prostatitis: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 7/1/2020

Prostatitis refers to inflammation of the prostate gland in men. Prostatitis may be an acute or chronic (long-term) condition and is a common problem in men.

Signs and symptoms of prostatitis depend on the exact underlying cause. Symptoms may come on suddenly or develop over time. Symptoms associated with prostatitis can include back, bladder, genital area, groin, lower abdomen, pelvic, rectal, or testicle pain. Other symptoms and signs can include

Causes of prostatitis

It can be caused by bacterial infections, other types of infections, or, in some cases, no cause may be apparent. When prostatitis occurs due to a bacterial infection, the symptoms often come on suddenly.

Other prostatitis symptoms and signs


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