If your health professional suspects
that you have
prostatitis, he or she will begin with a complete
medical history and physical exam. The type of
prostatitis you have cannot be determined solely from your history and
symptoms. Your doctor will do tests to determine the cause of your
Acute prostatitis is the least common
type but the easiest to diagnose. If acute prostatitis is suspected, a
urine culture will be done to test for the presence
and type of bacteria.
If your history and physical exam show that
you do not have acute prostatitis, a
pre- and post-massage test (PPMT) or
expressed prostatic secretions test may be done to
determine which type of prostatitis you have. An expressed prostatic secretions
test is not done if acute prostatitis is suspected, because when the prostate
is inflamed or infected, massaging it to obtain a sample for tests is very
painful and possibly dangerous. Some health professionals believe that
massaging an infected prostate increases the risk of developing a bacterial
infection of the blood (septicemia).
may be necessary if:
- Your symptoms do not improve with
- You continue to have prostate infections.
- The symptoms could be caused by
- Your health professional
suspects you have a complication related to prostatitis, such as an
Tests that may be done include:
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