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  • Acute (bacterial) prostatitis:
    • Acute febrile illness
    • Systemic symptoms may appear days before localizing urinary symptoms appear.
    • Patients may appear toxic and usually have a concurrent cystitis.
  • Prostatic abscess:
    • Once common after acute prostatitis, now rare except in immunocompromised patients
    • Fever, rectal pain, and leukocytosis despite treatment
    • Fluctuant mass on rectal exam
  • Chronic bacterial prostatitis:
    • ∼10% of cases of prostatitis
    • Most common cause of recurrent UTI in men
    • WBC and bacteria may be present in expressed prostatic secretions (EPS).
  • Chronic nonbacterial prostatitis (also called prostatosis):
    • Same symptoms as chronic bacterial prostatitis but unable to culture organisms from urine or EPS
  • Chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS):
    • Symptoms referable to the prostate
    • No inflammatory cells are found
    • No bacteria cultured from the urine or EPS


  • Usually a single-organism bacterial infection of the prostate
  • Acute prostatitis:
    • Age <35 yr:
      • Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Chlamydia trachomatis are usual etiologies.
    • Age ≥35 yr:
      • Enterobacteriaceae or Escherichia coli (usual), Klebsiella, Pseudomonas, Enterococcus, and Proteus also seen
    • Rarely may be caused by Salmonella, Clostridia, tuberculosis, or fungi.
    • Cryptococcus neoformans in AIDS patients
  • Chronic bacterial prostatitis:
    • Enterobacteriaceae (80%), Enterococcus (15%), and Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Chronic nonbacterial prostatitis:
    • Possible role for Chlamydia, Ureaplasma urealyticum, Trichomonas vaginalis, and Mycoplasma hominis

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Rosen, Peter, et al., editors. "Prostatitis." 5-Minute Emergency Consult, 5th ed., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2016. Emergency Central, emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307269/all/Prostatitis.
Prostatitis. In: Rosen P, Shayne P, Barkin AZ, et al, eds. 5-Minute Emergency Consult. 5th ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2016. https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307269/all/Prostatitis. Accessed April 25, 2019.
Prostatitis. (2016). In Rosen, P., Shayne, P., Barkin, A. Z., Wolfe, R. E., Hayden, S. R., Barkin, R. M., & Schaider, J. J. (Eds.), 5-Minute Emergency Consult. Available from https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307269/all/Prostatitis
Prostatitis [Internet]. In: Rosen P, Shayne P, Barkin AZ, Wolfe RE, Hayden SR, Barkin RM, Schaider JJ, editors. 5-Minute Emergency Consult. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2016. [cited 2019 April 25]. Available from: https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307269/all/Prostatitis.
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