Pediatric Urethral Stricture

Pediatric Urethral Stricture

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Summary

Urethral stricture means that the urethra (tube that carries urine out of the body) is unusually narrow.

Expanded overview

Urethral stricture occurs when the urethra (tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body) narrows, which restricts urine flow. This condition mainly affects males.

Causes

Causes of urethral stricture can include:

  • Catheter (tube to train urine out of the body) insertion
  • Pelvis fracture
  • Radiation
  • Scar tissue
  • Surgery performed on the prostate
  • Tissue inflammation

Symptoms

Urethral stricture symptoms can range from mild to severe. They may include:

  • Blood in the semen or urine
  • Frequent starting and stopping of urinary stream
  • Inability to completely empty the bladder
  • Inability to control urination (incontinence)
  • Inability to urinate
  • Pain in the pelvic or lower abdominal area
  • Pain or burning when urinating
  • Penile swelling and pain
  • Reduction in the volume of urine
  • Sudden, frequent urges to urinate
  • Urine that is dark in color
  • Weak urine flow

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