Prostate stones or prostatic calculi are a common finding in men. There can be a few, to hundreds of stones found within the prostate. These stones do not have any symptoms (asymptomatic) for the vast majority of men. Therefore, removal of calculi is not warranted in asymptomatic individuals. These calculi are produced from the secretions of the prostate gland. The incidence of calculi formation, correlates with age as general rule. But younger men may have calculi that are associated with prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate gland).
The clinical significance of prostatic calculi is that they may be associated with (but not necessarily caused by) some of the following clinical conditions: benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostatitis and lower urinary tract symptoms. These conditions have annoying symptoms but successful treatments can alleviate the vast majority of these conditions and their symptoms.
There is no evidence to suggest that prostatic calculi are the cause of prostate cancer or infertility. Some younger patients with prostatitis, may be sub-fertile – but the vast majority of men we still be able to father children.
Symptomatic prostatic calculi can be a challenging condition to manage. If surgery is considered, then the calculi may return once removed, there can be inadequate removal or the calculi. Some types of surgery to remove the calculi can be very invasive. Trans-urethral surgery (younger patients) and Prostatectomy are some of the surgical procedures that may be performed.
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