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What is prostatitis?

Prostatitis is an infection of the prostate gland in men. The walnut-sized prostate gland is involved in the production of semen. The prostate wraps around the tube that transports urine out of the bladder.

Prostatitis is a potentially painful but noncancerous condition that occurs most often in middle-aged and young men. Symptoms of prostatitis may vary from person to person, but general symptoms include burning with urination, the inability to empty the bladder completely, and painful ejaculation.