Prostatitis is an inflammatory process of prostate tissue.
The prostate gland belongs to the male reproductive system. This is the structure that is in front of the rectum and under the bladder, surrounding the urethra. That is why, when the prostate gland becomes inflamed, it compresses the urethra, which subsequently leads to various problems with urination. The main function of the prostate is the secretion (fluid) production, which is part of the sperm and dilutes it to ensure normal sperm motility.
Prostatitis as a disease is most often encountered in the practice of a urologist. It can occur suddenly (acutely) or gradually, and its manifestations are constant and prolonged (chronic). The chronic form is much more common than acute.
Very often, pathological conditions of the prostate gland, such as cancer or benign hyperplasia, are detected in elderly patients. The insidious difference between prostatitis is that it affects men of any age (usually from 30 to 50 years old).