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Prostatitis (also known as Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome)
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Prostatitis: Disorders of the Prostate information at the National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Prostatitis is a frequently painful condition that affects mostly young and middle-aged men. Doctors may have difficulty diagnosing prostatitis because the symptoms are not the same for every patient, and many of the symptoms—such as painful or burning urination and incomplete emptying of the bladder—could be signs of another disease. See more from the National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health.

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Prostatitis, chronic: Essentials at Consumer Reports
What is it? What are the symptoms? How common is it? What will happen? Key points about treatments at Consumer Reports.

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Information on Prostatitis from the American Academy of Family Physicians
Read information on prostatitis at familydoctor.org.

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Acupuncture for Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome
Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) is a somewhat nebulous diagnosis with unknown etiology and no effective treatment. To make the diagnosis, bacterial infection must be excluded and the symptoms must last at least 3 months. Symptoms include pain in various locations (between rectum and testicle, in the testicles, at the tip of ... Read more at Science-Based medicine.

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8 Prostate Power Foods
Ultimate nutrition for prostate cancer prevention from the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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Videos and Podcasts
Video Video: Pelvic Pain
A series of videos by Dr. Rodney Anderson MD, Coauthor of A Headache in the Pelvis on the Wise-Anderson Protocol (popularly called the Stanford Protocol for many years). View the videos at Pelvic Pain Help.

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Clinical Practice Guidelines
Prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome.
Bacterial prostatitis is a disease entity diagnosed clinically and by evidence of inflammation and infection localized to the prostate. According to the duration of symptoms, bacterial prostatitis is described as either acute or chronic, when symptoms persist for at least 3 months. See National Guideline Clearinghouse major recommendations.

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Chronic pelvic pain.
Chronic prostatitis associated with chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) is discomfort or pain in the pelvic region over a minimum of 3 months, with sterile specimen cultures and either significant, or insignificant, white blood cell counts in prostate-specific specimens (i.e., semen, expressed prostatic secretions and urine collected after prostate massage). See National Guideline Clearinghouse major recommendations.

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Important Articles from Medical Journals
Abstract: Prostatitis and male pelvic pain syndrome: diagnosis and treatment.
The prostatitis syndrome is a multifactorial condition of largely unknown etiology. The new NIH classification divides the prostatitis syndrome into a number of subtypes: acute bacterial prostatitis, chronic bacterial prostatitis, inflammatory and noninflammatory chronic pelvic pain syndrome, and asymptomatic prostatitis. Full text available free through PubMed.

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Abstract: Epidemiology of prostatitis.
Prostatitis describes a combination of infectious diseases (acute and chronic bacterial prostatitis), chronic pelvic pain syndrome, and asymptomatic inflammation. Full text available free through PubMed.

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Abstract: Excessive antibiotic use in men with prostatitis.
Prostatitis accounts for 2 million outpatient visits annually. The majority of prostatitis cases fit the definition of chronic pelvic pain syndrome, for which routine antibiotic use is not indicated. Full text available free through PubMed.

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Abstract: Alpha-Blockers for the Treatment of Prostatitis-Like Syndromes.
Prostatitis is a common medical diagnosis. The etiology of this symptomatic syndrome can be an acute or chronic bacterial infection, a noninfectious initiator (the most common cause), or iatrogenic heat or radiation; the syndrome may coexist with benign prostatic hyperplasia. Alpha-blockers have a role in the treatment of the prostatitis syndromes. Full text available free through PubMed.

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Abstract: Chronic prostatitis: Current concepts.
Chronic prostatitis (CP) is a common condition. It causes significant suffering to the patients and constitutes a sizeable workload for the urologists. The purpose of this review is to describe the currently accepted concepts regarding the aspects of CP. Full text available free through PubMed.

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Abstract: Current treatment options in the management of chronic prostatitis.
Chronic prostatitis is a disease with an unknown etiology that affects a large number of men. The optimal management for category III chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) is unknown. Full text available free through PubMed.

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Abstract: Treatment of chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome.
Acceptance of the National Institutes of Health definition of Category III Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CP/CPPS) and the development and validation of the Chronic Prostatitis Symptom Index has stimulated significant research into treatment of this condition. Full text available free through PubMed.

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Abstract: Management of men diagnosed with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome who have failed traditional management.
For many patients, the traditional biomedical model that physicians have used to manage chronic prostatitis does not work. This article describes innovative treatment strategies for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome, with an emphasis on novel biomedical physical therapy and biopsychosocial approaches to the management of individualized patient symptoms. Full text available free through PubMed.

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Gatifloxacin treatment for chronic prostatitis: a prospective multicenter clinical trial.
Antimicrobial treatment is usually used for chronic prostatitis. However, the efficacy of such treatment has not been fully evaluated. See Abstract at PubMed.

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Abstract: Muscle tenderness in men with chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome: the chronic prostatitis cohort study.
Myofascial pain is a possible etiology for category III chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome, either secondary to infection/inflammation or as the primary cause. Full text available free through PubMed.

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Abstract: Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome: finding a way forward in the United kingdom: report from the first United kingdom symposium on chronic prostatitis, January 30, 2008...London, United Kingdom
Chronic prostatitis or chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) is a painful, prevalent, and economically important condition. Despite recent advances it remains the least understood of the 3 prostate-related conditions. Full text available free through PubMed.

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Abstract: Longitudinal association between prostatitis and development of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether physician-diagnosed prostatitis was associated with later development of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)-associated events in a longitudinal, population-based sample of 2447 men residing in Olmsted County, Minnesota. Full text available free through PubMed.

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