Prostatitis

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate gland, in men. Prostatitis is a painful condition that affects mostly young and middle-aged men. Prostatitis means, in its strictest sense, to histological (microscopic) inflammation of the tissue of the prostate gland, although it is loosely (and confusingly) used to describe several completely different conditions.

There are two types of prostatitis: 1) acute prostatitis, which is a bacterial infection of the prostate gland that requires urgent medical treatment; 2) chronic bacterial prostatitis, which is a rare condition that usually presents as intermittent urinary tract infections.