Infected Prostate Stones

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Topic Overview

Prostatic calculi (stones) are very common. They aren't always apparent during a rectal exam or on X-rays.

Prostate stones are usually tiny—about the size of poppy seeds—and do not cause symptoms.

In some men, infected prostate stones may cause recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) and make it hard to cure bacterial prostatitis . The stones may have to be removed with surgery before UTIs or chronic prostatitis can be resolved.

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ByHealthwise Staff

Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine

Specialist Medical Reviewer Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology

Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015