Differentially Enhancing Effects of Long-term Treatment with Serrazyme, Boswellia and Pine on Seminal Bacterial Detection in Patients with Chronic Bacterial or Inflammatory Prostatitis, Probably Related to Several Degrees of Bacterial Adherence

Enzo Vicari, Giulia Malaguarnera, Beatrice Ornella Vicari, Mario Salmeri, Michele Salemi, Roberto Castiglione

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Prostatitis is a recurrent urinary infection in males and is often difficult to cure. The aim of the study was to examine whether anti-inflammatory effects of enhanced drainage of prostatic secretions, obtained through two months treatment with a proteolytic enzyme mucoactive (PEM) compound (Serrazyme and other constituents), influenced qualitative or quantitative expressions of bacterial growth in seminal cultures. 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-189
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Clinical Pharmacology
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • Bacteria
  • biofilm
  • chronic bacterial prostatitis
  • inflammatory prostatitis
  • quantitative bacteriospermia.
  • Serrazyme

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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