Prostatitis – bacterial acute

Definition of Prostatitis – bacterial acute

Acute prostatitis is swelling and irritation (inflammation or infection) of the prostate gland that develops rapidly.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Acute prostatitis is usually caused by a bacterial infection of the prostate gland. Any bacteria that can cause a can cause acute bacterial prostatitis, including:


Prostatitis may occur with an infection in or around the testicles (epididymitis or ), especially if it was caused by an STD. In this case, there will also be symptoms of the other condition.

Signs and tests

During a physical examination, your health care provider may find the following signs:


Most cases of acute prostatitis clear up completely with medication and slight changes to the diet and behavior.

Expectations (prognosis)

Most men who are accurately diagnosed with acute prostatitis become symptom-free after treatment.


David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; and Scott Miller, MD, Urologist in private practice in Atlanta, GA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 9/30/2009

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