Prostatitis: Types, Causes, Symptoms, Risk Factors, & Diagnosis!

Diagnosis and when to go to the doctor

If you see the signs and symptoms listed above in yourself, it is a good idea to go to the doctor as soon as possible. The symptoms above are usually triggered by prostatitis, benign prostatic hyperplasia, urinary infections, or prostate cancer. Thus, it is very important to rule out the most dangerous diagnoses and give you adequate treatment without delay.

Studies show that patients with acute bacterial prostatitis who do not have early treatment are more commonly affected by chronic bacterial prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome.

The diagnosis of prostatitis is usually based on clinical suspicion. Then your doctor may recommend one of the following exams for confirmation:

  • Imaging studies: An ultrasound scan is the most common imaging study for prostatitis. However, it can also be diagnosed with a computed tomography scan.
  • Urine test: In some cases, doctors may also need to perform a urinalysis or a urine culture to know more about the bacteria affecting your prostate.
  • Blood tests: In prostatitis, your PSA levels will increase. A blood test is also essential in severe cases when prostatitis is a part of a systemic infection known as septicemia. Blood tests are also vital if you have a urinary obstruction or retention to measure your creatinine, blood urea nitrogen, and electrolytes.