Prostatitis and Male Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome

  • J. Curtis Nickel
Part of the Springer Specialist Surgery Series book series (SPECIALIST)


Our management of the clinical prostatitis syndromes has evolved significantly from the days of organ centric therapy for prostate infection and inflammation. It was only a decade or so ago when prostatitis seemed easy to understand and for the most part simple to manage. Traditionally, prostatitis involved acute or chronic inflammation of the prostate gland, either bacterial or nonspecific. Our treatment lay then, in eradicating offending organisms and reducing inflammation. Despite new and improved antimicrobials and anti-inflammatories, we realize that the prevalence and burden of prostatitis is as bad today as it was before these pharmacological agents were even discovered.1 Physicians have become discouraged and patients frustrated by our lack of clinical success. The good news is that our improved understanding of the etiology, pathogenesis, and epidemiology of the prostatitis syndromes has given us the tools to help the majority of patients who have failed our traditional approach of antibiotics and anti-inflammatories.2,3 This chapter will present important epidemiological data, explain our new understanding of the etiological processes involved, help classify and diagnose patients, outline the new evidence from clinical treatment trials and finally give the reader a blueprint for a therapeutic algorithm that works in clinical practice.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Curtis Nickel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Urology, CIHR Canada Research Chair in Urologic Pain and InflammationQueen’s University, Kingston General HospitalKingstonCanada

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