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Urethral Strictures*

A urethral stricture is an abnormal narrowing of the tube that carries urine out of the body from the bladder (urethra).

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Causes of Urethral Strictures

Urethral strictures may be caused by inflammation or scar tissue from surgery, disease, or injury. Rarely, it may be caused by pressure from a growing tumor near the urethra. Other factors that increase the risk for this condition include:

  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)
  • Procedures that place a tube into the urethra (such as a catheter or cystoscope)
  • Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH)
  • Injury to the pelvic area
  • Repeated urethritis

Strictures that are present at birth are rare. The condition is also rare in women.

Symptoms of Urethral Strictures

  • Blood in semen
  • Discharge from the urethra
  • Bloody or dark urine
  • Strong urge to urinate and frequent urination
  • Decreased urine output inability (urinary retention)
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Pain in the lower abdomen and pelvic area
  • Slow urine stream (may develop suddenly or gradually) or spraying of urine
  • Swelling of the penis

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms be sure to discuss them with your provider at Urology Associates.

*Information provided by MedlIne Plus.