What is the role of blood studies in the workup of prostatitis?

Updated: Dec 06, 2018
  • Author: Paul J Turek, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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A complete blood count (CBC) with differential and blood cultures are indicated in cases of acutely toxic patients or suspected septicemia.

Obtain an electrolyte panel, including blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and creatinine values, in patients presenting with urinary retention or obstruction.

Prostate inflammation can lead to elevation of serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA). PSA is used primarily as a cancer screening tool and should not be routinely used for the diagnosis of prostatitis. [19]


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