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Is bacterial prostatitis a urinary tract infection?

Diagnosis of urinary tract infection (UTI) includes anatomical distinctions because the severity of infection and treatment decisions depend on the infected organ; however, bacterial prostatitis is usually absent from discussions regarding UTI. By considering bacterial prostatitis a UTI, we can increase understanding of the pathogenesis and immune response in the prostate to develop improved therapeutics.

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The authors wish to thank K. Sfanos and B. Albrecht for insightful discussion.

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Fig. 1: Lines of evidence supporting the argument for designating bacterial prostatitis as a UTI.