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    What causes prostatitis?

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    Dr Cristina Musso

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    Prostatitis is the term used for the inflammation of the prostate gland.  Most of the time inflammation is due to infection produced by bacteria which infect the prostate by ascending through the urethra;  via the  blood or by proximity with the intestine via lymphatic vessels.Commonly, those bacteria responsible for urinary infection ( e.g. E Coli ) and those sexually transmissible ( e.g. Chlamydia ) can  infect the prostate.However, often it isn't possible to isolate a microorganism and the ethology is controversial.  One theory is that a dysfunction can cause intra prostatic flowing back of urine determining prostate inflammation.  

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