digital rectal exam to check for prostate enlargement,
growths, or inflammation. In acute prostatitis, the prostate is tender and
swollen. In other types of prostatitis (chronic bacterial prostatitis and
chronic prostatitis/pelvic pain syndrome, inflammatory and noninflammatory),
the prostate often appears normal.
After the digital rectal exam, your doctor may perform prostatic massage. To do this test, your doctor will insert a gloved finger into your rectum and press firmly on your prostate. Your doctor will then collect urine or prostate secretion to look for bacteria or cells that point to inflammation (leukocytes). This test is easy to do and can help your doctor diagnose the cause of your prostatitis.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
J. Curtis Nickel, MD, FRCSC - Urology
December 3, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
December 03, 2011
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