Prostatitis-like symptoms: Diagnosis and management in a Malaysian primary care population

Shaun Wen Huey Lee, Men Long Liong, Kah Hay Yuen, Wing Seng Leong, Nurzalina Khan, Phaik Yeong Cheah, John N. Krieger

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Abstract

Background: Little is known about how primary care physicians (PCPs) in Asia diagnose and manage prostatitis-like symptoms. This study investigated the clinical diagnosis of and care provided for prostatitis-like symptoms by PCPs in a Malaysian population, and compared these findings to reports from other areas. Methods: All members of the Penang Private Medical Practitioners' Society were asked to complete a self-administered survey. Nonresponders were contacted after 3 weeks and received a telephone request after 6 weeks. Results: Of the 786 practitioners contacted, 669 considered themselves to be PCPs, including 279 (42%) who responded to the survey. Adult males with prostatitis-like symptoms typically constitute <1% of the patients seen by PCPs. Most PCPs (72%) believe that prostatitis-like symptoms are caused by bacterial infection. 61% of PCPs base their diagnosis of prostatitis-like symptoms on clinical history, a physical examination and dipstick urinalysis. Standard management was to prescribe 1 or 2 courses of antimicrobials. Conclusions: Despite the 8.7% prevalence found in a previous survey in this population, prostatitis remains underdiagnosed in Malaysia. In contrast to many other clinical settings, urologists in Malaysia see a large proportion of newly diagnosed and treatment-naïve prostatitis patients, providing an opportunity for clinical diagnostic and treatment studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-37
Number of pages6
JournalUrologia Internationalis
Volume82
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Primary care management
  • Prostatitis syndromes

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