What is the role of lab testing in the diagnosis of prostatitis?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: Paul J Turek, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Urinalysis and urine culture can confirm the presence of infection and identify pathogens. Fractional urine studies (urethral and bladder urine) and cytology of expressed prostatic secretions can help differentiate prostatitis from urethritis and cystitis. Further studies may be indicated in patients with possible complications (eg, urinary tract obstruction). There is no criterion-standard diagnostic test for chronic abacterial prostatitis. [18]


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