Patient will present as → a 63-year-old man with a history of benign prostatic hyperplasia reports 3-days of fever, chills, and pain with urination. He was recently catheterized during admission to the hospital. Physical exam reveals a tender and enlarged prostate on digital rectal exam. Urinalysis reveals pyuria and hematuria.
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Prostatitis is inflammation of the prostate gland
- Prostatitis is classified into acute, chronic, asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis, and chronic pelvic pain syndrome
- Causes include and ascending urinary tract infection, spread from the rectum (direct/via lymphatics), hematogenous (rare)
- May follow catheterization, cystoscopy, urethral dilation, prostate resection procedures
Acute bacterial prostatitis: Usually occurs in younger individuals and is a more serious condition
- Fever, chills, malaise
- Urinary symptoms ⇒ Frequency, urgency, dysuria
- Perineal/low back pain
- Digital rectal exam ⇒ Boggy, warm, tender, enlarged prostate
Chronic prostatitis: Can be bacterial/abacterial, usually occurs in individuals aged 40–70 years; Chronic bacterial is the most common form of prostatitis
- Can be asymptomatic
- Intermittent urinary symptoms
- History of recurrent UTIs
- Perineal/low back pain; suprapubic discomfort
- Digital rectal examination ⇒ enlarged, nontender prostate
Etiology is based on the patient's age and risk factors
- Chlamydia and Gonorrhea in men < 35
- E coli in men > 35
**If you suspect acute prostatitis, do not massage the prostate. This can lead to sepsis!
Urinalysis will reveal pyuria (↑ WBC in acute) +/- hematuria
- Urine cultures: positive in acute and negative in chronic prostatitis
- Prostatic fluid/secretions may show leukocytosis (↑ WBCs) with a culture typically positive for E Coli
- Ultrasound/CT scan/cystoscopy: For individuals with significant voiding dysfunction/suspected abscesses/neoplasms
- Blood tests: CBC, blood cultures if clinical findings suggestive of bacteremia
- Blood urea nitrogen and creatinine levels for individuals with urinary retention/obstruction
- Serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) may be elevated
Case presentation - 24-year-old male complaining of blood in the ejaculate after intercourse with his girlfriend think prostatitis and treat appropriately
- In this case and in men < 35 cover chlamydia and gonorrhea - ceftriaxone and doxycycline
- In older men > 35, treat with fluoroquinolones or Bactrim for 4-6 weeks to ensure eradication of the infection
- Patients who cannot tolerate oral medication, demonstrate signs of severe sepsis or have bacteremia should be hospitalized. In such cases, intravenous levofloxacin or ciprofloxacin may be given with or without an aminoglycoside (gentamicin or tobramycin).
- Urinary retention ⇒ Alpha-blocking agents/suprapubic catheterization
"In men who have persistent fever and chills, inability to urinate, or low back pain despite initial treatment transrectal ultrasonography of the prostate gland is warranted and may help to detect prostate calculi or abscess."
- Chronic prostatitis is treated with fluoroquinolones or Bactrim x 6-12 weeks
Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate gland that may be caused by a bacterial, viral, or sexually-transmitted infection. Untreated prostatitis may progress to inflammation of the epididymis (epididymitis) or bladder (cystitis). Assessment findings include flu-like symptoms, perianal pain, dysuria, and sexual dysfunction. Oral or IV antibiotics may be administered to stop the infection. Pain may be managed with anti-inflammatory drugs, warm Sitz baths, stool softeners, and alpha-adrenergic blockers. Additional considerations include prostatic massage and increased fluid intake.Play Video + Quiz
See D for explanation.
See D for explanation.
See D for explanation.
Prostatodynia is an inflammatory disorder involving voiding dysfunction and pelvic floor musculature dysfunction. There is no bacterial involvement.
Non-bacterial prostatitis is similar to chronic bacterial prostatitis, but no bacteria are cultured, and the cause is unknown.
acute bacterial prostatitis
chronic bacterial prostatitis
Prostate massage can be performed in the absence of fever. Expressed prostatic secretions are cultured to help identify the organism.
Cystitis is characterized by dysuria without urethral discharge
Initially there is burning on urination and serous or milky discharge in gonococcal urethritis.
Epididymitis is characterized by dysuria, unilateral scrotal pain and swelling.
Total hematuria, blood throughout the urinary stream, suggests a bladder or upper urinary tract source.
Presence of blood at the beginning of the urinary stream suggests an anterior (penile) urethral source.
Hematuria from the kidneys or ureter may be present microscopically or throughout the stream.
Ceftriaxone and doxycycline
Ceftriaxone and doxycycline are used in the treatment of acute epididymitis due to sexually transmitted infection.
Azithromycin + Ceftriaxone
This is used in the treatment of chlamydia and gonorrhea
Nitrofurantoin is used in the treatment of acute cystitis and not indicated in acute prostatitis.
Insert a Foley catheter
Urethral catheterization, or any form of instrumentation is contraindicated in the presence of acute bacterial prostatitis.
Initiate diuretic therapy
Diuretic therapy is contraindicated in the treatment of acute urinary retention.
Schedule for cystoscopy
See A for explanation.
Insert a percutaneous suprapubic tube
References: Merck Manual · UpToDate