What is the traditional classification of chronic bacterial prostatitis (CBP)?

Updated: Jan 15, 2019
  • Author: Samantha D Kraemer, MD; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Prostatitis has been challenging to classify and diagnose. The "traditional" classification of prostatitis was based on 10 years of clinical experience with the "four-glass test" as landmarked by Meares and Stamey in 1968. [5] The traditional classification described four prostatitis categories [6] :

  • Acute bacterial prostatitis (leukocytosis in prostatic fluid, positive bacterial cultures, systemic signs of infection)
  • Chronic bacterial prostatitis (leukocytosis in prostatic fluid, positive bacterial cultures, no systemic signs of infection)
  • Nonbacterial prostatitis (leukocytosis in prostatic fluid but negative cultures)
  • Prostatodynia (pain and voiding symptoms, no leukocytosis in prostatic fluid, and negative cultures)

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