Chronic prostatitis: what we know, what we do not know, and what we should do!

World J Urol. 2003 Jun;21(2):57-63. doi: 10.1007/s00345-003-0336-1. Epub 2003 May 28.


Chronic prostatitis is a major health problem in men. This review details the various types of prostatitis, discusses the possible aetiologies and potential pathogens. In addition, the symptoms and therapies are outlined. Those individuals affected by prostatitis suffer from a markedly reduced quality of life with, in many cases, only a limited benefit from treatment. Many questions remain unanswered, and more research is required in this significant disease.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Chronic Disease
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pelvic Pain / etiology*
  • Pelvic Pain / physiopathology
  • Pelvic Pain / therapy
  • Prostatitis / classification
  • Prostatitis / etiology*
  • Prostatitis / physiopathology
  • Prostatitis / therapy