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Urethra (Definition)

The canal through which urine exits the bladder, discharging the urine externally. In men, it is about 20-cm long with a membranous, prostatic, bulbar, and pendulous segments ending at the glans penis; it gives passage to the spermatic fluid as well as urine. In the female, the urethra is about 4 cm long & in close relation with the anterior ...Read more


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What does it mean to have a urethral caruncle?

What does it mean to have a urethral caruncle?

Polyp of urethra: Caruncle is benign, red polyp of female urethra often seen in women after menopause. ...Read more

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How long does it take to cure a urethral caruncle?

How long does it take to cure a urethral caruncle?

CARUNCLE: The trick is to get them to become assymptomatic. Many times they are found by a doctor and not mentioned as they are very common in post menopausal women. It should feel better w/in a few days to a week of treatment. ...Read more

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What is the difference between urethral diverticulum vs urethral caruncle? And how are they determined?

What is the difference between urethral diverticulum vs urethral caruncle? And how are they determined?

Caruncle: Urethral Carmichael is a common condition in the postmenopausal female. Urethral diverticulum is a fairly uncommon condition which is not related to hormones ...Read more

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What is treatment for women urethral caruncle?

What is treatment for women urethral caruncle?

Multiple treatments.: Urethral caruncles are benign outgrowths of tissue at the urethral opening, occurring primarily in postmenopausal women. If there are no symptoms, & it appears benign, no treatment is necessary. For symptoms such as bleeding & pain, topical estrogen cream for 2-3 months, warm sitz-baths & anti-inflammatory drugs can be used. If large and painful, surgical excision can be performed. ...Read more

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What does a urethral caruncle look like. My urethra is very red and is quite swollen.

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What does a urethral caruncle look like.  My urethra is very red and is quite swollen.

Here are some ...: What really causes urethral caruncle is still unclear, but we do know it results from mucosal laxing & protrusion of the posterior distal urethra in the elderly female resulting in a "mass" like a little cheery attaching to posterior aspect of urethral meatus. Its size widely varies and will slowly increase over time. Clinically, it's painless most of the times, but it may irritates and bleeds. ...Read more

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Is it typical to have purulent discharge and growths on the floor of the vagina associated with urethral caruncle?

Is it typical to have purulent discharge and growths on the floor of the vagina associated with urethral caruncle?

Yes: If you have a caruncle, then discharge would be normal. I'm not sure what 'growths' you are referring to. Sometimes the vagina appears 'bumpy' which is normal, elastic tissue of the vagina, but any growth should also be looked at by a physician. Wouldn't want to miss a lesion that could be concerning. See a doctor for definitive answer. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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What causes urethral stricture?

What causes urethral stricture?

Several causes.: A urethral stricture is a narrowing of the urethra, causing urinary difficulties or obstruction. There are many causes. Injury to the urinary tract from instrumentation, pelvic fracture, or straddle injury are causes. Sexually transmitted infections, skin diseases such as lichen sclerosis, congenital abnormalities such as hypospadias, and radiation therapy for cancer are potential causes. ...Read more

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What can cause a burning urethra?

What can cause a burning urethra?

Here are some...: The hypersensitized urethral lining by inflammation usually from UTI or STD-related urethritis will induce various degree of burning urination or called dysuria. To figure out what may cause it, follow instruction in articles listed in http://www.formefirst.com/onUTI.html. Best wish to health... ...Read more

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What causes the swollen of the urethra?

What causes the swollen of the urethra?

Infection, trauma or: Inflammation. Infection ; inflammation can be from a urinary infection affecting the urethra or an std. Trauma can be from instrumentation, self or medical or from a straddle injury or pelvic fracture or vigorous sex. ...Read more

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What are the causes of a urethral stricture?

What are the causes of a urethral stricture?

Many causes. : A urethral stricture is a narrowing of the urethra, causing urinary difficulties or obstruction. There are many causes. Injury to the urinary tract from instrumentation, pelvic fracture, or straddle injury are causes. Sexually transmitted infections, skin diseases such as lichen sclerosis, congenital abnormalities such as hypospadias, and radiation therapy for cancer are potential causes. ...Read more

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What could be cause by a urethral stricture?

Can be...: Can be congenital (born with it), sequel of std-related urethritis, injury by any procedures through urethra, chronic inflammation such as bxo (balanitis xerotica obliterans), etc. Detail? Ask urologist timely. ...Read more

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