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Can you tell me if throughout a recent urology exam the md said i have a caruncle.does anyone know what this is or what causes it?

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Dr. Michael Michaels
Urology 53 years experience
Benign: A urethral caruncle is what we call a granulomatous(benign) lesion at the urethral meatus(opening)..Most often in post menopausal women. It is bright red,soft and smooth.If the diagnosis is apparent, no treatment is needed. Estrogen crean and anti inflammatory cream may be used.If it is bothersome it can be removed or cauterized. It is not a serious condition.
Dr. Charles Witten
Urology 27 years experience
Caruncle: Urethral caruncle: Urethral caruncles are polypoid (or stalk-like) masses, hanging from one area of the urethral opening. These are usually spotted during an examination for another condition. They are relatively common in women who do not use hormone replacement therapy (HRT) after menopause. Symptoms can include bleeding and pain with urination, frequency, urgency and tenderness around the openi

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