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Urethral Stricture

The urethra is the passage that carries urine out of the body. In a woman, the opening of the urethra is above the vagina. In a man, it is at the tip of the penis. Narrowing or blockage of the urethra is known as a urethral stricture. This is more common in men than in women.

The blockage of the urethra is usually caused by the formation of scar tissue within the urethra due to surgery, sexually transmitted diseases, or long-term chronic catheter use.

The symptoms of urethral stricture include:

  • Slow urine flow or a urine stream that is split or a spray

  • Urine leakage or dribbling (incontinence)

  • Inability to empty bladder completely

  • Pain when urinating or pain in the pelvis or lower abdomen

  • Frequent urge to urinate

  • Blood in the urine

  • Urinary tract infection

If your stricture is severe, a tube (catheter) may be inserted into your urethra to drain your bladder. This should provide you with temporary relief. Without treatment, strictures almost always recur. You will need to follow up with a urologist (a doctor who specializes in diseases of the urinary tract) to determine the best treatment for your condition.

Home Care:

  • If you were prescribed antibiotics for an infection, finish all the antibiotics, even if you are feeling better after only a few days.

  • If a catheter was inserted, follow the instructions provided for catheter care.

Follow Up

with a urologist or as advised by our staff.

Get Prompt Medical Attention

if any of the following occur:

  • Fever of 100.4ºF (38ºC) or higher, or as directed by your healthcare provider

  • Bladder pain or fullness

  • Abdominal pain, swelling

  • Nausea or vomiting or back pain

  • Weakness, dizziness or fainting


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