Asymptomatic Inflammatory Prostatitis Symptoms
Asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis symptoms don’t really exist as true symptoms. As the name would suggest this, lesser-known form of prostatitis does not have any symptoms for the men who have this type of prostatitis. In fact, men do not often know they have asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis unless it is found during an examination or test for another condition. According to one report it is estimated that up to one-third of men with an elevated PSA level have asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis.
The most common ways men learn they have asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis are when they undergo a prostate biopsy because they have an elevated PSA (prostate-specific antigen) level or if they are being tested for infertility. That’s when healthcare providers will find the presence of white blood cells (a sign of inflammation) in a man’s urine, but no bacteria or other signs of infection. These are classic indications of asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis.
It may also be possible to develop this type of prostatitis after undergoing treatment for other prostate conditions such as certain types of radiation for prostate cancer. Let your doctor know your complete health history.
Asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis symptoms or signs:
- Elevated PSA
- White blood cells or pus cells in the urine
If you are diagnosed with asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis, you probably will not need treatment. However, if you are undergoing testing for infertility, your doctor may give you a prescription for antibiotics or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (e.g., ibuprofen). If you have been diagnosed with asymptomatic inflammatory prostatitis, discuss any necessary treatment options with your doctor. Your doctor may decide that you do not require any treatment at all. If your PSA level is elevated due to this condition and you do take antibiotics for it, your PSA levels may return to normal after about four to six weeks.