Washington—Sometimes a diagnosis is a dead end, a label with little guidance. So it goes with chronic prostatitis—also called chronic pelvic pain syndrome, the newer term—which prompts some 2 million office visits in the United States each year (J Urol. 1998;159:1224-1228).
A catch-all term to describe an array of symptoms that include pain in various places, urinary problems, and sexual dysfunction, "prostatitis" reflects a lack of knowledge regarding origins and effective treatments that led urologist Thomas Stamey, MD, to call the diagnosis a "wastebasket of clinical ignorance."
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