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    Acute Prostatitis (NIH Category I)

    Acute Prostatitis (NIH Category I)

    Topic Overview

    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 may reveal bacteria, and using a digital rectal exam , a doctor 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
    Specialist Medical Reviewer J. Curtis Nickel, MD, FRCSC - Urology
    Last Revised December 3, 2011

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