Prostatitis with eosinophils

Author: Kenneth Iczkowski, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 14 June 2016, last major update June 2016

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Differential diagnosis
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Differential diagnosis
Four possibilities should be considered:

  • Post-surgical granulomatous prostatitis can be seen after transurethral resection (Med Mol Morphol 2007;40:29)
    • In this situation, there would also be granulomas with palisading histiocytes, with or without necrosis

  • Churg-Strauss syndrome can cause an allergic granulomatous prostatitis
    • Typically such patients have a history of asthma or allergy with peripheral eosinophilia and systemic afflictions
    • Prostate shows granulomas with fibrinoid necrosis and vasculitis (Int J Urol 2006;13:838)

  • Recently, eosinophilic prostatitis has been described in nine cases of men with autoimmune pancreatitis and IgG4 associated cholangitis (Urology 2014;83:521)
    • These patients had urine retention, lymphoplasmacytic infiltrate of the prostate with eosinophils, and up to 150 IgG4 positive cells per high power field

  • Rarely, eosinophils in the prostate may be due to parasites