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Urethral Stricture

What is a urethral stricture?

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The urethra is the tube that drains urine from the bladder to the outside of the body. In boys, the urethra starts at the lower portion of the bladder and continues through the penis. A urethral stricture is a narrowing in the urethra. This narrowing makes it difficult for urine to drain out. The narrowing may be congenital (present at birth) or the result of inflammation, injury, disease or prior surgery.

What are the symptoms of a urethral stricture?

What studies are often used to diagnose a urethral stricture?

How is a urethral stricture treated?

Treating the urethral stricture depends on the location and length of the stricture.

Surgical repair

Reviewed by: Jennifer Kirk, BSN, MSN, CPNP
Date: Oct. 2011

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