Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome
Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome is the most common but least understood form of the disease. Characteristics include:
- It is found in men of any age
- Its symptoms go away and then return without warning
- It may be inflammatory or noninflammatory.
In the inflammatory form of this type of prostatitis, urine, semen, and other fluids from the prostate show no evidence of a known infecting organism, but do contain the kinds of cells the body usually produces to fight infection. In the noninflammatory form, no evidence of inflammation -- including infection-fighting cells -- is present.
Antibiotics will not help with this form of the condition. You may have to work with your doctor to find a treatment that works for you. Changing your diet or taking warm baths may help. Your doctor may give you a medicine called an alpha-blocker to relax the muscle tissue in the prostate. No single solution works for everyone with this condition.
Asymptomatic Inflammatory Prostatitis
A diagnosis of asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis is made when the patient does not complain of pain or discomfort but has infection-fighting cells in his semen. Doctors usually find this form of prostatitis when looking for causes of infertility or testing for prostate cancer.
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