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|Normal prostate gland|
Acute bacterial prostatitis is often caused by common strains of bacteria. The infection may start when bacteria carried in urine leaks into your prostate.
Chronic bacterial prostatitis may be the result of small amounts of bacteria that aren't eliminated with antibiotics because they "hide" in the prostate. Some men with chronic prostatitis have pain but no evidence of an inflamed prostate.
In most cases of prostatitis, the cause is never identified. Causes other than bacterial infection can include:
- An immune system disorder
- A nervous system disorder
- Injury to the prostate or prostate area
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