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Physiology and Pathophysiology of Prostate Infection

  • J. Frick

Abstract

The accessory glands of the male genital tract, including the prostate gland, show a wide range of variation and difference in the various species, above all in the anatomy, biochemistry, and function of these organs. For example, while the seminal vesicles are very large, prominent organs, particularly in humans and the rat, these organs do not exist in the cat or dog. However, the prostate gland is found in all mammals, although different species vary greatly in prostate anatomy, biochemistry, and secretion. Prostate pathology also differs in the development of benign as well as malignant changes, and naturally in the occurrence of inflammatory changes in the prostate region. It should be mentioned here that the rat prostate gland is anatomically divided into several distinct lobes, namely dorsal, ventral, and lateral lobes, with these carrying out separate functions. In contrast, the human prostate gland is not divided into separate lobes but into zones. Altogether, however, it has the appearance of an anatomically uniform gland (Fig. 1).

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Seminal Vesicle Prostate Gland Seminal Plasma Accessory Gland Human Semen 
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