How does the NIH categorize chronic prostatitis?

Updated: Aug 27, 2019
  • Author: John L Brusch, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Chronic prostatitis has been subdivided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) into the following categories:

  • Category II: Chronic bacterial prostatitis

  • Category III: Chronic abacterial prostatitis. Category IIIA is chronic, inflammatory abacterial prostatitis, and category IIIB is chronic, noninflammatory abacterial prostatitis, also known as chronic pelvic pain or prostatodynia.

  • Category IV: Asymptomatic, inflammatory prostatitis


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