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    Prostatitis is swelling or infection of the prostate gland that is usually painful. The prostate is a small organ below a man's bladder that makes fluid for semen.

    Prostatitis can cause urinary problems, such as an urge to urinate often, burning pain, and a feeling that you can't empty your bladder. Symptoms may be sudden and severe (acute) or mild and long-lasting (chronic).

    Current as of: May 24, 2016

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology

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