Chronic prostatic infection: Microbiological findings in two Mediterranean populations

  • Konstantinos Stamatiou | stamatiouk@gmail.com Urology Department, Tzaneion Hospital, Piraeus, Greece.
  • Vittorio Magri Urology Secondary Care Clinic, ASST-Nord, Milan, Italy.
  • Gianpaolo Perletti Department of Biotechnology and Life Sciences, Section of Medical and Surgical Sciences, University of Insubria, Varese; Faculty of Medicine and Medical Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium.
  • Vaia Papadouli Microbiology Department, Tzaneion Hospital, Piraeus, Greece.
  • Nectaria Recleiti Microbiology Department, Tzaneion Hospital, Piraeus, Greece.
  • Vassiliki Mamali Microbiology Department, Tzaneion Hospital, Piraeus, Greece.
  • Olympia Zarkotou Microbiology Department, Tzaneion Hospital, Piraeus, Greece.

Abstract

Introduction/Aim: Despite accumulated knowledge, several microbiological aspects of chronic bacterial prostatitis (CBP) remain uncertain. The aim of our study was to determine microbiological characteristics on our CBP population.
Materials: The material of this retrospective study consisted in bacterial isolates from urine and/or prostatic secretions or sperm cultures (total ejaculate) obtained from individuals with prostatitis symptoms and from patients with febrile relapses of CBP visiting our department, from 03/2009 to 03/2015. Retrospective data from an Italian single-center database (years 2009-2015) were also collected for a tentative comparison of pathogen prevalence between chronic bacterial prostatitis cases assessed in Greece and Italy.
Results: A total of 389 bacterial isolates obtained from eligible Greek patients constituted the material of the study. While E coli was the most frequent individual pathogen, Gram-positive species were overly more frequent than Gram-negative. Besides the high frequency of E. coli and E. faecalis isolates the most remarkable similarity between Greek and Italian databases was the wide array of different Gram-positive and Gram-negative species isolated from CBP patients.
Conclusions: In Greece, the incidence of CBP is possibly higher than that reported in international surveys. Similarities between Greek and Italian databases suggest geographical trends in CBP epidemiology.

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2019-10-02
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Original Papers - Prostate
Keywords:
Chronic prostatitis, prostate, infection, Stamey-Meyers
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Stamatiou, K., Magri, V., Perletti, G., Papadouli, V., Recleiti, N., Mamali, V., & Zarkotou, O. (2019). Chronic prostatic infection: Microbiological findings in two Mediterranean populations. Archivio Italiano Di Urologia E Andrologia, 91(3). https://doi.org/10.4081/aiua.2019.3.177

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