Urethral Stricture

What is Urethral Stricture?

The urethra is a canal in placental mammals that links the urinary bladder to the meatus for the elimination of fluids from the body. Urethral stricture is the narrowing of the urethra caused by injuries, sexual infection and instrumention. A urethral stricture happens when scarring narrows the tube that transports urine out of your body. This condition limits the flow of urine from the bladder and cause a range of medical problems in the urinary tract. Urethral stricture is more common in males than in females because males have a longer urethra.


Signs and symptoms of urethral stricture disease include-

  • Bloody or dark urine
  • Urine leakage or dribbling after urination
  • Difficulty, straining or pain when urinating
  • Swelling of the penis
  • Slow or decreased urine system 


The primary causes include:

  • Cancer of the urethra or prostate
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Damage from surgical tools
  • Urinary catheterization
  • Kidney stone removal


The factors that increase the risk for this condition include-

  • Sexually transmitted infection
  • Injury to the pelvic area
  • Repeated urethritis
  • An enlarged prostrate


The disease can be prevented by:

  • Avoid injury to the urethra and pelvis
  • Protection during sexual contact
  • Be careful with self-catheterization

How is it diagnosed?

Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and your medical history and conduct a physical exam. To ascertain the cause, site and length of the urethral stricture, your doctor may recommend a number ...

How is it treated?

Surgery is the recommended treatment for individuals with urethral strictures. The surgical treatment recommended may vary with the severity of the stricture as well as the assessments of the risks and benefits of the procedure. The common surgic..

When do I contact the doctor?

If you have a reduced stream of urine or drizzling and these symptoms and signs are getting progressively adverse, then you urgently need to see your doctor. Your doctor may order you to perform some tests to conclude the extremity of this condition.

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How does Medanta provide care?

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