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What is nonbacterial prostatitis?

Nonbacterial prostatitis is a condition in which the prostate gland becomes inflamed as a result of a process other than bacterial infection. The prostate gland is roughly the size of a walnut, is situated just below the bladder, and encircles the urethra, the tube through which urine and semen are conveyed to the penis. The causes of nonbacterial prostatitis are not well defined. As a result, the identification and treatment of nonbacterial prostatitis may be more difficult than the identification and treatment of prostatitis caused by bacterial infection.

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