What is Prostatitis?
Prostatitis means inflammation of the prostate
Prostatitis means inflammation of the prostate. The prostate is a gland which is situated at the base of the bladder in men. Its job is to produce fluid which is released at the time of ejaculation. The commonest disorders of the prostate are benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate cancer. Prostatitis is not linked to these conditions, and can't cause prostate cancer.
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Acute prostatitis is an illness with symptoms very similar to urinary tract infection, often associated with flu-like symptoms and a high temperature. It comes on quickly and is treated with antibiotics. It is relatively uncommon.
Chronic prostatitis, on the other hand, tends to develop slowly. The symptoms are variable and because of this the disease may be difficult to diagnose. Because the symptoms are so variable the disease has been renamed by some people as "chronic pelvic pain syndrome".
There are four types of prostatitis: