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Is there a difference between prostatitis and urethritis?

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Dr. Jesse Mills
Urology
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In brief: Yes

Prostatitis affects the prostate gland, a pelvic organ responsible for semen production.
Urethritis affects the urethra. Bacteria causing the 2 differ; urethritis is more often a sexually transmitted infection (but not always). Prostatitis is usually caused by the same bugs that cause uti's. Symptoms also differ--prostatitis is usaually a deep pain, urethritis is burning and penile discharge.

In brief: Yes

Prostatitis affects the prostate gland, a pelvic organ responsible for semen production.
Urethritis affects the urethra. Bacteria causing the 2 differ; urethritis is more often a sexually transmitted infection (but not always). Prostatitis is usually caused by the same bugs that cause uti's. Symptoms also differ--prostatitis is usaually a deep pain, urethritis is burning and penile discharge.
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Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Prostatitis

The prostate is a discrete anatomical organ, as distinguished from the urethra.
Generally speaking, although simultaneous infections can occur in both, urethritis is more common and potentially less dangerous, and can occur without extension into the prostate unless certain pathogens are involved (gonorrhea, chlamydia, etc.) on an extended basis.

In brief: Prostatitis

The prostate is a discrete anatomical organ, as distinguished from the urethra.
Generally speaking, although simultaneous infections can occur in both, urethritis is more common and potentially less dangerous, and can occur without extension into the prostate unless certain pathogens are involved (gonorrhea, chlamydia, etc.) on an extended basis.
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