Transperineal ultrasonic therapy for chronic prostatitis - Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety of transperineal ultrasonic therapy for chronic prostatitis (CP) by analyzing the scores of NIH-CPSI and the results of prostate fluid routine examination.

METHODS: We conducted a randomized, double-blind, multi-centered trial on 96 CP patients that met the inclusion criteria. We divided the patients into groups A (trial) and B (control) of equal number, the former treated by transperineal ultrasound, while the latter with the same machine but no ultrasound waves, 10 min a time qd alt for 2 weeks. Then we evaluated the therapeutic effect and safety by comparing the scores of NIH-CP-SI and counts of white blood cells (WBC) and lecithin corpuscles (LC) in the prostate fluid between the two groups before and after treatment.

RESULTS: The total effectiveness rate was 70.83% in group A and 25% in group B (P < 0.01). The scores on prostate pain, urinary symptoms and quality of life as well as the total NIH-CPSI score were significantly improved in group A as compared with pretreatment (P < 0.05), and so were the prostate pain score and total NIH-CPSI score in group B (P < 0.05). Statistically significant differences were observed between the two groups in the scores on prostate pain and urinary symptoms and total NIH-CPSI score after treatment (P < 0.05), but not in any of the NIH-CPSI scores before treatment (P > 0.05), nor were there any significant differences in the counts of WBCs and LC either between the two groups or within each group before and after treatment (P > 0.05). Two patients experienced adverse events in group A, and 1 in group B (P > 0.05).

CONCLUSION: Transperineal ultrasonic therapy is highly effective for CP, especially in relieving prostate pain. With its advantages of safety, easy operation and high acceptability, it deserves a wider clinical application.

Written by:
Li HS, Wang B, Han L, Wang CH, Xin ZC.   Are you the author?
Department of Andrology, Dongzhimen Hospital, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Beijing 100700, China.

Reference: Zhonghua Nan Ke Xue. 2013 Jan;19(1):49-53.

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PMID: 23469662

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