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Other Conditions With Symptoms Similar to Prostatitis

Other conditions that may need to be ruled out when diagnosing prostatitis include:

  • A bladder infection.
  • Urethritis , especially if caused by a sexually transmitted infection, such as chlamydia.
  • A kidney infection.
  • Prostate enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia [BPH] or prostate cancer).
  • Presence of a bladder or kidney stone.
  • A narrow spot in the urethra.
  • Inflammation or irritation of the bladder (interstitial cystitis), which is rare in men.
  • Complete inability to urinate (acute urinary retention).
  • Bladder cancer.
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer J. Curtis Nickel, MD, FRCSC - Urology
Last Revised December 3, 2011

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