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Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CP/CPPS) is a condition with several causes of which some remain unknown. It is believed that some types of CP may be genetic or passed down (inherited) from one generation to the next. In this study, we are collecting genetic material and medical information to try to determine if genetic factors play a role in CP/CPPS. We will be collecting DNA (from Blood/Saliva sample) and urine from each participant. Bladder tissue from affected individuals will also be collected. Individuals and families with CP/CPPS will be enrolled. Family members of an individual with CP/CPPS are eligible whether or not they also experience CP/CPPS symptoms.


Chronic Prostatitis (CP), Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS), Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS), Benign Frequency Syndrome (BFS), Interstitial Cystitis

Recruitment Status


Detailed Description

We would like to determine if chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) has a genetic cause. We will be attempting to further describe the symptoms of CP/CPPS and to correlate them with changes in your genes. We will use several types of genetic testing; linkage analysis, whole exome sequencing and candidate gene studies. Each individual participant will be required to give a DNA sample (via Blood/Saliva), a urine sample and answer questionnaires. Affected participants will also be asked to provide a bladder sample from a clinical biopsy. All samples will be stored. Travel to Boston NOT required.

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

Have symptoms for at least 3 months within the preceding 6 months:
Pain in the pelvic area
Urinary frequency and/or
Urinary urgency and/or
Sexual dysfunction (erectile dysfunction)
Have CP/CPPS, Interstitial Cystitis (IC), Bladder Pain Syndrome BPS, or Bladder Fasciculation Syndrome (BFS)
Be willing to provide a blood/saliva, bladder tissue (from previous biopsy) and urine sample
Agree to complete several brief questionnaires
Family member of someone with CP/CPPS, BPS, IC or BFS
Live in the USA or Canada

Exclusion Criteria:

Major structural/anatomical urinary tract abnormalities
Underlying inborn or congenital conditions which affect the urinary tract
Surgery/chemotherapy in the pelvic area
Bacterial cause to CP/CPPS or recurrent Urinary tract infections (UTI)
Traumatic cause to CP/CPPS



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Max Age


Download Date

August 14, 2023

Principal Investigator

Catherine Brownstein

Primary Contact Information

Elicia Estrella, MS, LCGC


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For more information and to contact the study team:

Genetic Study of Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CP/CPPS) NCT00499317 Elicia Estrella, MS, LCGC 617-919-4552