Prostatitis is inflammation of the prostate gland. It is estimated that 50 % of men experience symptoms of an inflamed prostate. Although the symptoms are often the same, there can be different causes of prostatitis. Based on the cause, prostatitis can be classified into one of four categories.
- Acute bacterial prostatitis is inflammation of the prostate gland caused by bacteria such as E-Coli and Klebsiella. It is most common in men aged 40-60.
- Chronic bacterial prostatitis is when prostate infections keep coming back despite appropriate treatment. This is found most often in men aged 50-80.
- Nonbacterial prostatitis is when the prostate gets inflamed without an infection. This is most common in men aged 30-50.
- Prostatodynia, sometimes called chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS), is the occurrence of prostatitis symptoms, without inflammation or bacterial infection.
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