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Content updated on Nov 2, 2022

What is urethral stricture?

The urethra is a tube that carries urine from the bladder and allows urine to be passed out from the body. A urethral stricture is when the urethra is narrowed, restricting the flow of urine from the bladder. This condition usually occurs due to inflammation or the presence of scar tissue. Pelvic fractures and an enlarged prostate can also cause urethral strictures.

Symptoms of urethral stricture

  • Had a catheter inserted or bladder scope done in the past one month

  • Feeling there is still urine left in the bladder after urinating

Questions your doctor may ask to check for urethral stricture

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose urethral stricture

  • Have you used a urine tube (catheter) or had a bladder camera examination (cystoscopy) within the last month?

  • Do you have difficulty completely emptying your bladder?

Treatment for urethral stricture

Depending on the cause of your urethral stricture, surgical or non-surgical treatments might be recommended. The main non-surgical method would be to use an instrument called the dilator to widen your urethra. Your doctor will pass a small wire through the urethra and into the bladder to dilate it. Surgery is usually recommended in more severe cases of urethral stricture where affected tissue can be removed following which urethral reconstruction can be performed.

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