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    Medical History and Physical Exam for Prostatitis

    A medical history is an evaluation of your past and present health. If prostatitis is suspected, your doctor will ask questions about:

    A medical history also includes questions about your general health and the results of any previous tests.

    A physical exam for prostatitis includes:

    • Measuring your body temperature.
    • Examining your genitals, lower back, and abdomen.
    • A 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.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerChristopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology

    Current as ofJune 4, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: June 04, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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