Definition of Urethral Stricture

Urethral stricture – narrowing of the URETHRA, impeding the passage of URINE from the BLADDER to the outside of the body.

Urethral stricture may be congenital (present at birth) or acquired such as through scarring resulting from repeated URETHRITISBLADDER CATHETERIZATION, and other irritations to the urethra. BENIGN PROSTATIC HYPERPLASIA (BPH) and PROSTATITIS also can cause urethral stricture in men.

Symptoms

Symptoms of urethral stricture include

Diagnosis and Treatment

The diagnostic path begins with urinalysis to determine whether INFECTION is present. Further diagnostic procedures may include CYSTOSCOPY to examine the urethra and bladder, INTRAVENOUS PYELOGRAM (IVP) to assess the flow of BLOOD and urine through the urinary system, or computed tomography (CT) scan or ultrasound to visualize the structures of the lower pelvis.

Treatment targets the identified cause and may include ANTIBIOTIC MEDICATIONS when infection is present in addition to other therapies. Such therapies often include cystoscopic surgery to cut away SCAR tissue within the urethra or open surgery (urethroplasty) to reconstruct a badly scarred or damaged urethra.

These methods permanently restore the flow of urine through the urethra and have minimal complications or risks.

See also UROLITHIASIS.

Urethral Stricture – Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment
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