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July 21, 1999

NIH Consensus Definition and Classification of Prostatitis

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Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;282(3):236-237. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-3-jac90006

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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