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2. Types of prostatitis

There are four types of prostatitis, and each type presents with different symptoms. These four categories are:

  1. Acute bacterial prostatitis. This kind of infection is usually caused by common strains of bacteria from the bladder or kidneys which have found their way into the prostate. This type of prostatitis usually presents with flu-like symptoms.
  2. Chronic bacterial prostatitis. Recurrent bacterial infections mark this type of prostatitis. It can be difficult to treat.
  3. Chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. The majority of prostatitis cases are of this nature, yet it is the least understood. Symptoms can come go, or they may remain for long periods of time. The cases are defined as inflammatory or noninflammatory based on how many infection-fighting cells are found in the urine and semen.
  4. Asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis. In this type of prostatitis, patients do not experience symptoms but do have infection-fighting cells present in the urine and semen.
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