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Dr. Joel Gelman
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Urethral Stricture (Overview)

Urethral stricture is a narrowing of the urethra most commonly in males due to stds, precious surgery or instrumentation.


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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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Dr. Joel Gelman
30 doctors shared insights

Urethral Stricture (Overview)

Urethral stricture is a narrowing of the urethra most commonly in males due to stds, precious surgery or instrumentation.


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What are the most common symptoms of urethral stricture?

What are the most common symptoms of urethral stricture?

Thanks for asking!: The most common symptom would be a consistently poor/weak urinary stream possibly associated with burning with urination or blood from penis. Previous urethral infection (such as an std) or trauma (external straddle-like injury or trauma from being catheterized or having an indwelling catheter) would be most common cause. ...Read more

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Treated chalmdyia two negative urine tests but still mild pain after passing urine. Could this be urethral stricture or chronic urethritis?

Treated chalmdyia two negative urine tests but still mild pain after passing urine. Could this be urethral stricture or chronic urethritis?

Consult doctor: Urethral stricture is much more common in men than in women. Any inflammation of the urethra resulting from injury, trauma, previous surgery, or infection can cause urethral stricture. Symptoms of urethral stricture can range from no symptoms at all to complete urinary retention. Imaging studies and endoscopic evaluations are important tools in the diagnosis of urethral stricture. Medications generally play no role, and surgical procedures remain the mainstay of treatment for urethral stricture. The overall prognosis for urethral stricture is good. ...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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Treated for prostatitis in 2008 up until may of this year..urologist decides to take a look inside and tells me it was a urethral stricture..

Treated for prostatitis in 2008 up until may of this year..urologist decides to take a look inside and tells me it was a urethral stricture..

Okay but...: What is the question? The symptoms between the two are different, but I do not know what he found on his previous exam that might suggest prostatitis, such as fever, chills, painful prostate elevated white count. You could have had both and then was sidetracked by ongoing symptoms with the stricture ...Read more

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Which is the safest and best treatment for urethral stricture?

Urethral stricture: There are 3 ways to treat urethral strictures: urethral dilation; visual internal urethrotomy; and open surgical repair. The first two are minor procedures and are usually temporary requiring repeated treatments specially urethral dilations. The open repair is major surgery but has a better prognosis and results. How severe is the stricture determines sometimes what needs to be done. ...Read more

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What are treatments for urethral stricture?

Depends...: Its rx options range from urethral dilation to cutting under direct vision (visual internal urethrotomy), one-/two-stage open urethral repair (urethroplasty) with or without graft, self-dilation, stent (now, a history), etc. Note: all these carry no cure and guaranty, and require a close f/u to keep it open; so, patient needs to be aware of such. At times, stricture may recur 15 yrs after surgery. ...Read more

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Can an urethral stricture in a male be repaired with treatment?

Definitely: Surgcal treatment depends upon urethral location plus length of stricture. Urethral dilatation is invariably temporary and structures recur, unless they are regularly calibrated or dilated. Cystoscopic transurethral incision of stricture is good for "iris" type very short strictures. Bulbar and distal stictures up to 2cm in length can be excised. Longer strictures require inlay or onlay grafts. ...Read more

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What is the reason that urethral tears heal with a catheter but urethral stricture requires surgery and other measures?

Diffrent problems: A urethral tear is helped by the catheter becuause it seals off the tear, prevents bleeding and keeps down swelling that can obstruct flow. A stricture is scar tissue that has formed after the healing process is complete. Scar tissue formation is a normal part of the healing process. In some pts too much scar tissue forms and obstructs flow.Surgery to clesr out the scar is then necessary. ...Read more

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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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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


Stricture (Definition)

A stricture is an anatomic narrowing of any structure in the body with a lumen. Depending on the organ, the underlying causes can be traumatic, ...Read more