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What is Acute Bacterial Prostatitis?

Acute Bacterial Prostatitis is the result of a bladder infection or other bacterial infection that spreads to the prostate gland, causing inflammation and swelling of the prostatic tissue, resulting in frequent need to urinate, painful urination, fever, chills or pain in the groin, testicles, tip of the penis or rectum.

 
If you believe you have bacterial prostatic prostatitis, especially if you have or have recently had a bladder infection, you should visit your doctor immediately for exam.
 
The most common forms of bacteria that cause ABP are:  Escherichia coli (E. Coli), Klebsiella, Proteus, Pseudomonas, Enterobacter, Enterococcus, Serratia, and Staphylococcus aureus.  These bacteria are frequently found in the digestive system.  Normally these bacteria are relatively harmless to humans as stomach acid destroys much of the bacteria, but when bacteria, particularly E. Coli or Staphylococus escapes the digestive system through the blood system, it can take up residence in any tissue or organ of the body, including the prostate gland.
 
Acute Bacterial Prostatitis is easily detected by blood, semen or urine test.  A Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test would indicate an increased PSA level, indicating an abnormality in the prostate gland.  A digital rectal exam (DRE) performed by a urologist will usually detect a prostate gland that is swollen and tender to the touch, due to bacterial infection and blocked ducts that prevent blood from flushing the toxins from the body.
 
The general cure bacterial prostate infection  is through a course of antibiotics or medication. A follow-up PSA test should indicate the PSA levels have returned to normal, indicating the bacterial infection has been removed.

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