Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Prostatitis is a common cause
of visits to primary care physicians and urologists. In practice, the clinical
diagnosis of prostatitis depends on the history and physical examination,
but there is no characteristic physical finding or diagnostic laboratory test.
Patients with prostatitis experience considerable morbidity and may remain
symptomatic for many years. Unfortunately, there is limited understanding
of the pathophysiology and optimal treatment for most patients.
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