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How to diagnose prostatitis through examinations

Diagnosis should be used to confirm that a man has a prostate infection and to narrow down the type so proper treatment can be prescribed.The initial diagnostic step is to have the man fill out a symptom questionnaire.


Urine Collection


Samples from both your urine and your prostate can reveal whether the problem is in the urethra, bladder, or prostate. You'll be asked to collect one or more samples from your urine stream.


Digital Rectal Exam


The doctor will then perform a digital rectal exam to feel the prostate and determine whether it is inflamed or abnormal in any way. Your doctor inserts a well-lubricated gloved finger into your rectum to determine the size and shape of your prostate, and to check for abnormalities.


Prostatic Massage


To collect a sample of prostatic fluid, your doctor may press on your prostate. This forces prostatic fluid out into the urethra.


Ruling Out Other Problems


The PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test may be done to measure levels of a prostate chemical in your blood. Both infection and cancer can increase PSA levels. Transrectal ultrasound may be done if cancer is suspected or abscesses are present. An ultrasound probe inserted a short way into the rectum is used to create a clear image of your prostate on a video screen.

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