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Urethral stricture

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Oct 14, 2023.


A urethral (u-REE-thrul) stricture involves scarring that narrows the tube that carries urine out of the body, called the urethra. As a result of a stricture, less urine comes out of the bladder. This can cause problems in the urinary tract, such as infection.


Symptoms of urethral stricture can include:


Scar tissue, which can narrow the urethra, can be due to:

Urethral stricture is much more common in males than in females. Often the cause is unknown.


To make a diagnosis, a member of your health care team will ask about your symptoms and your medical history and do an exam. Tests that can help find where the stricture is, how long it is and what's causing it might include:


Treatment might depend on the type of stricture, its size and how bad the symptoms are. Treatments can include:

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