It is well known that the seminal vesicles may become involved during the course of a gonorrheal urethritis, and, if the process remains active in the vesicles, may prolong urethral infection in a most stubborn manner. The constant or intermittent feeding of new infection onto the prostatic urethra keeps active the inflammatory processes of the urethral mucosa, just as inflammatory processes in the vesical mucosa are activated by renal infections.
It is probably not so universally recognized that the seminal vesicles, when the seat of a nongonorrheal or pyogenic infection, may result in prolonged suppuration of the posterior urethra and trigon. These infections may be even more stubborn than those of gonorrheal nature. To me it has been a new realization to find how many of these long-standing bacillary and coccal infections involving the posterior urethra and at times the bladder have been secondary to unsuspected vesiculitis.
Every urologist is
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