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Diagnosing Prostatitis

Diagnosing prostatitis involves ruling out other problems such as prostate cancer or an enlarged prostate, then determining which type of prostatitis you have. Your doctor will perform a history and physical exam, including a digital rectal exam (DRE), where your prostate is checked for size, tenderness and the possibility of cancer by inserting a gloved finger into the rectum.

Your doctor also may test your urine and semen for infection. If you have an infection, you will get a culture to identify which bacteria are involved. Cystoscopy (viewing the urethra, bladder, and prostate with a tiny telescope-like instrument) and urine flow studies also may be ordered.

In addition to identifying prostatitis, chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS) is diagnosed after other probable causes have been eliminated and when prostatitis has lasted for three or more months. Often, it is a diagnosis of exclusion.

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