Enzo Vicari, Giulia Malaguarnera*, Beatrice Ornella Vicari, Mario Salmeri, Michele Salemi and Roberto Castiglione Pages 183-189 (7)
Method: 450 patients with prostatitis syndromes were randomized either to PEM therapy (intervention group) or to no treatment group. All patients were followed at the end of a 2-month PEM continuous treatment period (T2) and further two months after withdrawal (T4).
Results: After treatment, 15 out of 107 (14.1%) patients with Chronic Bacterial Prostatitis (CBP) showed negative seminal cultures, while in patients with cat NIH-IIIA prostatitis seminal cultures became positive in 33.3% cases with low bacteriospermia.
After two months from withdrawal, although among CBP patients the total number of isolates and colony forming units (CFU) counts showed not significant changes compared to matched-values observed at T2, microbial parameters varied significantly among inflammatory prostatitis patients.
Conclusion: The results of the present study showed that 2 months of treatment with PEM, decreasing bacterial adherence and inflammatory prostatitis, reveals a subgroup of apparent inflammation associated with infection that microbial biofilms likely mask in inflammatory prostatitis patients.
Bacteria, chronic bacterial prostatitis, inflammatory prostatitis, quantitative bacteriospermia, biofilm, Serrazyme.
Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Catania, 95123 Catania, University of Catania, 95100 Catania, University of Catania, 95100 Catania, Department of Biomedical and Biotechnological Sciences, Biological Tower, University of Catania, 95123 Catania, IRCCS Oasi Institute for Research on Mental Retardation and Brain Aging, Via Conte Ruggiero 73, 94018 Troina, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Catania, 95123 Catania