Definition

What is prostatic calcification?

Prostate calcification is a “scar” that remains after prostatitis gets cured. Early stage prostate calcification is a fibrosis of prostate. Common it is occur with no symptom. Such a fibrosis may occur in your body but you feel nothing about it. As prostate fibrosis develops, there would be calcification spots.

How common is prostatic calcification?

Prostatic calcification is pretty common in men. Approximately 75% of middle-aged men have prostatic calcification.

Symptoms

What are the symptoms of prostatic calcification?

Prostate calcification itself doesn’t cause any symptom, this condition is often found after ultrasound or X-ray tests. However as it’s often accompanied with chronic prostatitis, men with prosatate calcification may probably experience prostatitis symptoms.

There may be some symptoms not listed above. If you have any concerns about a symptom, please consult your doctor.

When should I see my doctor?

If you have any signs or symptoms listed above or have any questions, please consult with your doctor. Everyone’s body acts differently. It is always best to discuss with your doctor what is best for your situation.

Causes

What causes prostatic calcification?

It is not for certain why the stones form. Some experts say they are from prostatic secretions. Others say the stones tend to be made from ingredients found in urine and not prostate secretions. This kind would form from urine making its way into the prostatic ducts. Anecdotal evidence seems to suggest that taking magnesium and zinc helps to break up these stones and you may see “gravel” in your semen or urine if this occurs. Other doctors say that there is no dietary change or supplement that will help with stones caused by prostatic secretions. So that issue is controversial. If you have prostatic calcification talk to you doctor to see what he or she thinks.

Risk factors

What increases my risk for prostatic calcification?

Please discuss with your doctor for further information.

Diagnosis & treatment

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.

How is prostatic calcification diagnosed?

Tests for prostate calcification include:

  • Ultrasound
  • CT scan
  • Prostate biopsy

How is prostatic calcification treated?

Prostate calcification spots is a shelter of bacterial and other pathogens, which can hardly be completely eliminated by drugs and microwaves. Those spots can hardly be completely cleared away, also it is unnecessary to completely get rid of them. As long as the spots are not mass in its area or amount, they would bring no negative influences. As a result, some doctors don’t make comments on the calcification when they are testing for your prostatitis.

Prostate calcification is often treated with the following methods:

Antibiotics

Antibiotics are the most popular treatment for prostate calcification at present. It is immense to cure acute prostatitis with antibiotics. However, their effect in curing chronic prostatitis is always not that prominent as it is expected. The drug resistance of bacteria and other microbe is a insurmountable hinder of antibiotics. So on some chronic prostatitis sufferers, they may feel an improvement while taking the pills, but symptoms reappear when they stop the treatment. Large doses of antibiotics can be suggested by some doctors, which is with minor possibility of curing prostatitis, but is associated with high risk of hepatotoxicity and nephrotoxicity.

Injection

Injection in gland often exist as a supplement treatment of antibiotic treatment. Because oral intake of antibiotics cannot reach enough concentration in the gland, the injection arises. However, clinical cases in these years found, infections of drugs is also with the defect that it cannot completely cure prostate calcifications.

Physical therapy

Some physical therapies can promote prostate blood circulation by physical measures such as ultrasound. They can promote the release of inflammation. Pathogens cannot be killed by these methods, so they also exist as adjuvant therapies.

Herbal medicine

TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) keep a conception that the fibrosis, calcification and inflammation or prostate are of the same causes: obstruction of heat and dampness in lower abdomen, obstruction of blood and Qi. For the treatment, herbs which can promote blood and Qi circulation, and herbs which can clear away heat and dampness are necessary in the prescription. For long-term inflammation, diuretic herbs are also needed. In as short as 60 days, the calcification spots can be dissolved and dispelled. It can be a safe, radical, and complete cure of prostate calcification.

Lifestyle changes & home remedies

What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage prostatic calcification?

Since there are so many different causes of prostate calcifications, it is not possible to recommend a preventive program. Please discuss with your doctor for further information.

If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: October 5, 2017 | Last Modified: October 5, 2017

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