Prostatitis - Definition

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Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate, almost always caused by a bacteria in the acute form of the condition. Bacterial infection can be contracted during sexual intercourse or caused by a germ migrating to the affected area via the blood. Of the different forms, there is acute prostatitis, which causes fever, chills, and urinary disorder with burning sensations when urinating, urgent need to urinate, and back pain. There is also chronic prostatitis, which can be bacterial in origin or not, causing recurring pain that can spread, along with both urinary and sometime erectile disorders. Diagnosis is typically established by means of digital rectal examination, whereupon the prostate is painfully sensitive. Cytobacteriological testing of urine is also performed to investigate the germ responsible, and treatment by antibiotics is the principal course in cases of acute prostatitis.