What is the efficacy of antibiotics for the treatment 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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Studies have shown that patients with a recent diagnosis of prostatitis who are antibiotic-naive have an excellent symptomatic response, regardless of culture status. [34, 35] In contrast, men with chronic prostatitis or chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS) of long duration who have been previously treated are not likely to have symptom improvement with a course of antibiotics, and therefore should not be given antibiotics. [1] Antibiotic therapy can be used in an attempt to cure CBP but relapses are common. CBP in men with prostatic calculi is more difficult to cure.


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