Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Prostate Infection Types

There are three types of prostatitis: acute infectious prostatitis, chronic infectious prostatitis, and noninfectious prostatitis.

Acute Infectious Prostatitis
This is caused by a bacterial infection and is usually associated with a urinary tract infection. Symptoms occur suddenly, and it often causes fever and chills. Acute infection prostatitis is most common among men between the ages of 36 and 50.

Chronic Infectious Prostatitis
This type is caused by a long standing infection by bacteria, but the infection tends to be mild. Symptoms are less severe than acute infectious prostatitis, but the infection is difficult to treat. Chronic bacterial prostatitis is more common in men older than 50.

Noninfectious Prostatitis
In this case, the inflammation is not due to a bacterial infection: the cause unknown. It is more common than the infectious forms of prostatitis. Noninfectious prostatitis is also called prostatodynia or chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS).

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Last Updated: Jan 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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