Topic Overview

Chronic bacterial prostatitis is an infection of the prostate with
symptoms including pain in the abdomen and genital area, problems with
urination, and pain with ejaculation. Sometimes it causes no symptoms. It
occurs most often in men who have had
urinary tract infections (UTIs).

Men with chronic bacterial prostatitis usually have not had acute
prostate infections.

A test called a pre- and post-massage test (PPMT) is used to find
bacteria or other signs of an infection. To do this test, your doctor will
insert a gloved finger into your rectum and press firmly on your prostate. Your
doctor will then collect urine or prostate secretion to look for bacteria or
cells that point to inflammation (leukocytes).

digital rectal exam is usually not helpful for
diagnosing chronic bacterial prostatitis.


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD – Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD – Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS – Urology, Oncology

Current as ofMarch 14, 2017