Title

Transurethral microwave hyperthermia in the treatment of chronic nonbacterial prostatitis

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1997

Abstract

Chronic nonbacterial prostatitis is an ill-understood and difficult-to-diagnose disease. Symptoms of chronic nonbacterial prostatitis are similar to those of chronic prostatitis and include low back pain, frequency, dysuria, perineal discomfort, and painful ejaculation. In view of uncertainty about etiology, treatment of chronic nonbacterial prostatitis remains speculative. Most treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms and not at curing the disease. Because of the troublesome nature of chronic nonbacterial prostatitis and the poor results obtained from traditional treatment methods, a new modality of transurethral microwave hyperthermia was investigated. Six patients were treated from January 1994 through June 1995 by use of transurethral microwave hyperthermia. These men were treated four times during a 2-week period. Their average symptom score decrease was 74.9% and was associated with minimal morbidity. Based on this result, it is concluded that transurethral microwave hyperthermia is a safe and effective treatment modality for chronic nonbacterial prostatitis.

Publication Title

Journal of the American Osteopathic Association

Volume

97

Issue

1

First Page

25

Last Page

31

Comments

This article was published in Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, Volume 97, Issue 1, Pages 25-31.

The published version is available at http://jaoa.org/article.aspx?articleid=2099208.

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