Acute Prostatitis (NIH Category I)

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Acute Prostatitis (NIH Category I)

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Acute prostatitis is an infection that causes severe symptoms. It is the most serious and least common type of prostatitis. Men with this illness are usually very sick, and their symptoms come on suddenly.

A urine test will reveal bacteria, and using a digital rectal examination, a health professional will find the prostate to be warm, swollen, and very tender.

Serious complications may develop from acute prostatitis, including an abscess in the prostate.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Primary Medical Reviewer Andrew Swan, MD, CCFP, FCFP - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
Last Revised February 5, 2010

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