Tuberculous prostatitis: a condition not confined to the immunocompromised

  • J C Hellig University of the Witwatersrand
  • Y Reddy University of the Witwatersrand
  • M Keyter University of the Witwatersrand
  • M Du Toit University of the Witwatersrand
  • A Adam University of the Witwatersrand
Keywords: Tuberculous prostatitis, TB, prostate, prostatic

Abstract

Tuberculous (TB) prostatitis is rare; usually occurring in immunocompromised men. It can mimic benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), chronic prostatitis or prostate cancer. This report in an immunocompetent 72-year-old man adds to the clinical spectrum of the five prior reported cases. A low threshold for prostatic biopsy led to a histological evaluation and subsequent microbiological confirmation of TB. This attests to the value of such an approach in arriving at the correct diagnosis and the institution of appropriate anti-tuberculous therapy even amongst immune-competent men.

Author Biographies

J C Hellig, University of the Witwatersrand

Department of Urology, Helen Joseph Hospital, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Y Reddy, University of the Witwatersrand

Department of Anatomical Pathology, Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

M Keyter, University of the Witwatersrand

Department of Anatomical Pathology, Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

M Du Toit, University of the Witwatersrand

Department of Radiology, Helen Joseph Hospital, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

A Adam, University of the Witwatersrand

Department of Urology, Helen Joseph Hospital, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Published
2019-11-27
How to Cite
Hellig, J., Reddy, Y., Keyter, M., Du Toit, M., & Adam, A. (2019). Tuberculous prostatitis: a condition not confined to the immunocompromised. South African Journal of Surgery, 57(4), 43. Retrieved from http://sajs.redbricklibrary.com/index.php/sajs/article/view/2916
Section
Online Articles