Urethral stricture is an abnormal narrowing of the tube that carries urine out of the body from the bladder (urethra).
Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors
Urethral stricture may be caused by inflammation or scar tissue from surgery, disease, or injury. It may also be caused by pressure from an enlarging tumor near the urethra, although this is rare.
Other risks include:
- A history of sexually transmitted disease (STD)
- Any instrument inserted into the urethra (such as a catheter or cystoscope)
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
- Injury or trauma to the pelvic area
- Repeated episodes of urethritis
Strictures that are present at birth (congenital) are rare. Strictures in women are also rare.
Pictures & ImagesFemale urinary tract Male urinary tract
The male and female urinary tracts are relatively the same except for the length of the urethra.
Review Date : 9/7/2008
Reviewed By : Linda Vorvick, MD, Seattle Site Coordinator, Lecturer, Pathophysiology, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine; and Louis S. Liou, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Urology, Department of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.