Rat model of experimental bacterial prostatitis

Infection. 1991;19 Suppl 3:S126-30. doi: 10.1007/BF01643681.


A reproducible rat model of chronic bacterial prostatitis was developed employing a defined bacterial pathogen to study the pathophysiology of acute and chronic bacterial prostatitis. The progression of inflammation and its consequences following the retrograde introduction of bacteria through the acute and finally the chronic stages of prostatitis can be documented with microbiological, histological, ultrastructural and immunologic data. This model has many striking similarities to the natural history of human chronic bacterial prostatitis and further microbiological, antimicrobial and immune modulation or manipulation of this model should help us to further delineate the pathogenic mechanisms involved in this chronic infective disease.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Chronic Disease
  • Disease Models, Animal*
  • Escherichia coli Infections / immunology
  • Escherichia coli Infections / microbiology
  • Escherichia coli Infections / pathology*
  • Fibroblasts / immunology
  • Fibrosis
  • Immunoglobulin G / immunology
  • Lymphocyte Activation / immunology
  • Male
  • Neutrophils / immunology
  • Prostatitis / immunology
  • Prostatitis / microbiology
  • Prostatitis / pathology*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Inbred Strains


  • Immunoglobulin G