Your Prostate Infection May Be Caused By Your Peptic Ulcers

Treatment for chronic bacterial prostatitis is fairly straightforward: antibiotics for four to 16 weeks.  But what if you have symptoms of both chronic prostatitis and peptic ulcers?  One reader asks:  “I’ve had problems with both chronic prostatitis and peptic ulcers. My doctor said that the two could be related. How can that be?”

The underlying cause of chronic prostatitis remains unknown about 90 percent of the time. Microorganisms suspected of causing chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS)  include Escherichia coli, Enterobacter and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

A relatively new suspect is Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), which is the most common microorganism in human bacterial infections around the world. This bacterium lives in the lining of the stomach and can cause inflammation and immune responses.

People with certain health problems are more likely to have detectable signs of H. pylori in their blood. These health problems include heart disease, rosacea, chronic bronchitis and asthma.

A recent study in the Scandinavian Journal of Urology and Nephrology linked H. pylori to CP/CPPS. For the study, researchers took blood from 64 men with CP/CPPS and 55 without. They found that 76 percent of men in the CP/CPPS  group tested positive for antibodies against H. pylori, versus 62 percent of the men in the control group.

This was the first study to link CP/CPPS with H. pylori, so the relationship between the two is far from proven. But if further studies show a link, it suggests that treatment for H. pylori-induced peptic ulcers may be beneficial for H. pylori-induced CP/CPPS as well.

Reported in the John Hopkins Medical Newsletter

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4 Responses to “Your Prostate Infection May Be Caused By Your Peptic Ulcers”

  1. scott Says:

    hi, i came across this in the search of answers for my own problems having been diagnosed with an enlarged prostate along with having recent episodes of abdominal pain. The other symptoms (bloating, pain after meals, nausea) that go with the abdominal pains lead me to believe i have peptic ulcers (still undiagnosed but im pretty sure is the case).

    what i was wondering is whether there has been any further research or studies on the relationship between the h-pylori bacteria and prostate problems. my doctor has prescribed me prazosin for the prostate and pantoprazole for the stomach pains. however i’m not completely satisfied with this after doing some research to find that pantoprazole alone will not eradicate the h-pylori bacteria just help the symptoms??

    also im only 22 which is why the concern for the enlarged prostate came from my doctor which followed scans of my abdominal and pelvic regions which is when the enlarged prostate was detected. any advice or just an opinion on this would be greatly appreciated.

    • neilbaum Says:

      You need to confirm that you have H.pylori and receive the proper treatment for H. pylori. You also should confirm which of the three kinds of prostatitis you have: bacterial, chronic abacterial, or chronic pelvic pain syndrome. I’m sure you can get this under control.

  2. elvis Says:

    i have been diagnosed of h pylori a few years back and of recurrent UTI onetime been proteus now i have body aches, malaise, testicular pains, low back pains, fowl smell urine, concerntrated urine do i have prostatitis

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