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Abstract 13

Patient-Perceived Efficacy of Prostatic Massage as a Treatment Modality for Prostatitis, Prostatodynia, and Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: An Exploratory Study

BR Hennenfent, CJ Hickman

The Prostatitis Foundation, Smithshire, IL; University of Missouri-St. Louis

This study examined patient perceptions (n=69) regarding the frequency and efficacy of prostatic massage in the treatment of prostatitis, prostatodynia, and benign prostatic hyperplasia, and patient perceptions regarding the efficacy of prostatic massage in alleviating symptoms associated with these disorders.

Patients surveyed felt there were wide variations in prostatic massage ability among physicians; however, when done properly, levels of pain, sexual functioning, urinating ability, and systemic complaints were improved through prostatic massage.

This study has been accepted for publication in Infections in Urology and is presented with permission of the publishers.