What are physical findings characteristic of acute bacterial prostatitis?

Updated: Nov 01, 2019
  • Author: Paul J Turek, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Of importance, the physical examination findings, especially the rectal examination, are not specific for each diagnostic category of prostatitis. However, the examination in patients with acute bacterial prostatitis may reveal the following:

  • Tender, nodular, hot, boggy, or normal-feeling gland on digital rectal examination

  • Suprapubic abdominal tenderness

  • Enlarged tender bladder due to urinary retention

Avoid prostatic massage in patients with acute bacterial prostatitis.

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