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March 17, 1917


Author Affiliations

Associate Surgeon, Genito-Urinary Department, Michael Reese Hospital CHICAGO

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(11):838-839. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270030170010

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Two cases of prostatic abscess, recently under my care, served as the stimulus to inquire more carefully into the etiology and therapy of this rather uncommon condition.

In spite of the frequency with which the prostate is affected in gonorrhea (Maelsch found prostatic involvement in 94 per cent. of all cases of posterior urethritis under his care), it is surprisingly seldom that actual prostatic abscess ensues. For example, Franz Marth reports from the files at the Bamberg Hospital but three cases, one following a recent gonorrheal infection, a second occurring in a patient with a tight stricture, and a third case in a normal individual in whom there was no apparent etiology. Söhngen reports but three cases from the extensive clinical material at Erlangen, none of which were associated with venereal infection. The reports of other authors are likewise meager as to the number of cases observed.

The etiology of

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