Prostatitis physical examination
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Appearance of the Patient
- Patients with chronic prostatitis are usually well-appearing.
- Patients with acute prostatitis may appear ill and have systemic symptoms such as fever, chills, and nausea.
- Elevated temperature may be present
- Lower back tenderness may be present
- In acute prostatitis, palpation of the prostate reveals a tender and enlarged prostate
- In chronic prostatitis, palpation of the prostate reveals a tender and soft (boggy) prostate gland
- A prostate massage should never be done in a patient with suspected acute prostatitis, since it may induce sepsis
- Digital rectal exam (DRE) is done in cases other than acute bacterial prostatitis to localize the pathology and palpate it.
- A digital rectal exam is a procedure performed in the office setting. The patient bends on a table or lays on one side with knees touching chest. The physician wears gloves, applies a lubricant to the gloved finger and enters it into the rectum to feel the prostate normally located in front of the rectum.
- Tachycardia (infection)
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