A Case Report of Acute Prostatitis Secondary to Use of P-valve Condom Catheter During Cave Diving


North Florida


North Florida Regional Medical Center

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Case Report

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acute bacterial prostatitis, cave diving, Aeromonas


Bacterial Infections and Mycoses | Emergency Medicine | Male Urogenital Diseases


Introduction: Acute bacterial prostatitis is characterized by acute inflammation of the prostate gland accompanied by the presence of pain and other urinary tract or systemic symptoms. Prostatitis is a relatively common disease of the urinary tract in men, However, this case reports a man diagnosed with acute bacterial prostatitis with an unusual presentation, as well as an unusual pathogen and a unique mechanism of colonization.

Case Report: A 52-year-old male with no past medical history presented to our facility for right-sided buttock pain associated with dysuria, diarrhea, and perianal burning. The patient was diagnosed with sepsis secondary to acute bacterial prostatitis, and the pathogen identified in his urine was Aeromonas hydrophila/A. caviae. His disease process was later recognized as a complication of the use of a P-valve condom catheter while freshwater cave diving.

Conclusion: This is the first documented case of prostatitis as a result of the use of a P-valve condom catheter while diving. Furthermore, the pathogen identified is of particular interest as there are very few documented cases of urosepsis secondary to Aeromonas hydrophila or A. caviae.

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Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine