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Prostatitis Diagnosis

The correct diagnosis is important as the treatment is different for each type of prostatitis. It is also important to ensure the symptoms are not being caused by other conditions such as enlarged prostate, cystitis or cancer.

  • Digital rectal examination is used to determine whether there is swelling or tenderness of the prostate gland or pain/discomfort is experienced by the patient when the muscles and ligaments of the pelvic floor and perineum are pressed
  • A simple urine test to check for white cells is done and the urine sample sent to the laboratory to check for the presence of bacteria
  • A Stamey Localisation Test involves the collection of 2 urine samples and a sample of prostatic fluid following a prostate massage. These samples can help determine whether infection or inflammation is present
  • TRUS (transrectal ultrasound of the prostate)

Other tests may include a flow test, ultrasound of the bladder, a swab of the lining of the urethra or penis or a cystoscopy (a look at the urethra, prostate and bladder using a telescope).

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