Chronic Prostatitis: A Possible Cause of Hematospermia

While hematospermia is mainly caused by genitourinary inflammatory disorders, very few studies have been published on prostatitis-associated hematospermia (PAH) diagnosed using robust prostatitis evaluation methods.

Therefore, we have evaluated the incidence of PAH by using systematic methods for evaluating prostatitis.

We evaluated 37 hematospermia patients from a single hospital over the last five years. We classified the patients into PAH versus hematospermia without any evidence of prostatitis (HWP) by using a NIH-Chronic Prostatitis Symptom Index questionnaire and expressed prostatic secretion studies.

The mean age was 55. 89±14. 87 years, and the patients were grouped into two groups: one group had 12 HWP patients and the other 25 PAH patients. PAH patients were further sub-classified: chronic bacterial prostatitis (3 patients), chronic nonbacterial prostatitis (10 patients), prostadynia (7 patients), and asymptomatic prostatitis (5 patients). We found Enterococcus faecalis in the three chronic bacterial prostatitis patients. We could not find any statistically significant difference between the PAH and the HWP groups in terms of the age interval, serum prostate-specific antigen level, and prostate volume. Even though there was no statistically significant difference in the items about urination between the two groups, we found a statistically significant difference in the quality of life (QoL) impact for the patients in this study.

Two-thirds of the hematospermia patients were associated with some evidence of prostatitis. Further, the patients with PAH revealed poor QoL compared with the patients with HWP. Therefore, we must evaluate the presence of prostatitis in hematospermia patients and alleviate the prostatitis-associated symptoms to improve their QoL.

The world journal of men's health. 2015 Aug 19 [Epub]

Gilho Lee

Department of Urology, Dankook University Medical College, Cheonan, Korea.