Chronic prostatitis is a relatively rare condition to be affected by and affects the prostate gland. This is a rather small organ located at the base of the bladder and wrapped around the urethra - which is the tube that empties the bladder through the penis. The prostates primary function is to assist with human reproduction and is the manufacturer of the milky white substance present with semen during an ejaculation. The alkaline properties of this substance play an important role in neutralizing the acidic properties of the environment of the vagina, thereby extending the lifetime of sperm. Some of the more common symptoms that one is likely to experience when affected by prostatitis include seemingly frequent urgency to urinate, a burning sensation whenever urinating as well as poor urine flow. The condition is also characterized by a very noticeable inflammation of the prostate gland and can be caused by a number of bacterial infections that are also very well known to cause bladder infections such as E. coli, proteus and klebsiella. The condition can be transmitted as a sexually transmitted disease or can spread simply as a complication to a prostate biopsy or even directly from a nearby organ. Individuals suffering from chronic prostatitis do not necessarily need to also develop an infection but will experience severe rectal pain without any evidence of bladder infection.
A cystoscopy is identified as a very beneficial medical test when it comes to effectively diagnosing the condition. While not an essential part of the treatment, the accuracy offered by this medical test during diagnosis is extremely high and uses the help of a device that resembles a thin long tube that has a video camera attached to the end that is inserted into the patient. This camera relays the footage it captures to a monitor present in front of the doctor inside the operating room. This allows the presiding doctor not only better maneuverability and an opportunity to look primarily at the areas where the condition appears to stem from. The cystoscope also incorporates a small camber that allows for small instruments to be inserted into the urinary tract of the patient and allow the doctor to perform certain functions such as removal of any unnatural growths or even a biopsy. Again, it is important to reiterate that a cystoscopy is unlikely to have a tremendous bearing on curing the condition, and is more effective purely as a diagnosing technique
Submitted by M T on March 25, 2010 at 12:03