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Nearly half of all men experience prostatitis symptoms at some point. It’s one of the most common urinary tract health issues in men of all ages.
If you experience any signs of prostatitis, the team of physicians at Maiden Lane Medical can help. Contact one of our prostatitis specialists in NYC to receive a rapid diagnosis and personalized care, minimizing disruption to your daily life.
The prostate is a small, walnut-shaped gland located below the bladder and behind the rectum. It surrounds the urethra and produces the hormones necessary for the male reproductive system and male characteristics.
Prostatitis refers to four different inflammatory prostate conditions.
Acute bacterial prostatitis is caused by a urinary tract infection (UTI) or bacterial infection that travels to the prostate gland.
Chronic bacterial prostatitis occurs when bacteria are trapped in the prostate gland causing recurrent UTIs that are difficult to treat.
CPPS affects approximately a third of all men, making it the most common type of prostatitis. However, all the risk factors aren’t known.
Asymptomatic prostatitis causes inflammation without any symptoms. It’s typically diagnosed when you are being tested for another condition.
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Prostatitis causes a variety of symptoms that differ depending on the category. Some of the most common symptoms include:
Many conditions can cause similar symptoms, so it’s important to talk to your physician, who can diagnose and treat the underlying cause.
Remember, though, that asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis doesn’t cause any symptoms.
Physicians and medical researchers haven’t identified a specific cause for chronic pelvic pain syndrome, although it has been linked to some autoimmune disorders, stress, pelvic floor spasms, and discomfort.
The bacterial types of the condition may be caused by:
Your risk of prostatitis can also increase following bladder surgery or another procedure that requires a catheter.
The doctors at Maiden Lane Medical will perform a physical exam and tests to diagnose prostatitis. This may include a digital rectal exam and ordering blood and urine cultures to check for signs of infection or elevated PSA (prostate-specific antigens).
If necessary, your doctor may order a cystoscopy to rule out other potential causes or even a transrectal ultrasound to examine the prostate for abnormalities.
If the diagnostic tests confirm prostatitis, your physician will recommend prostatitis treatment options based on your symptoms and the category of the condition.
For example, if you have CPPS, your doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory or pain-relieving medication, pelvic floor physical therapy, or stress management treatments.
However, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics if you have a bacterial type of prostatitis. Depending on the severity of the infection, you may need intravenous antibiotics or an extended course (up to 30 days) of oral medication.
In the most severe cases, you may need surgery to remove prostate stones, scar tissue, or part of the prostate itself.
While some risk factors are out of your control, you can lower your risk of prostatitis by properly treating UTIs. Additionally, you should seek treatment immediately if you experience any pelvic or genital pain.
Our skilled team of experts at Maiden Lane Medical in Manhattan, NY is ready to provide you with the treatments you need. Be sure to call us today or schedule your prostate checkup online to ensure your prostate is as healthy as possible.
Ron Bakal, MD
Board Certified Urologist
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