Diseases

Urethral stricture

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The urethral stricture (Urethral stricture) is usually based on a scarred change in the urethra. Especially men are affected. The narrowing of the urethra is usually noticeable by an altered urinary stream or frequent urinary tract infections. There are a variety of surgical options for urethral stricture. Read more about symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of urethral stenosis!

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  • Disease course and prognosis

Urethral narrowing: description

Urethral stricture (urethral stricture) is a common disease in urological practice. This affects men in particular: around one percent of them suffer from a narrowing of the urethra. Women are much less likely to be due to the shorter urethra. A narrowing of the urethra can significantly limit the quality of life and should therefore be treated early.

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Urethral narrowing: symptoms

One of the main symptoms of a urethral constriction is an altered urinary stream. Mostly the beam is weakened. But it can also be changed in its direction and its shape (rotation, fan). Due to the complicated urination, sufferers often have to consciously press in order to release water. In normal urine flow this is not necessary.

In addition, it may happen in a urethral narrowing that the urination at the toilet starts only delayed, since the bottleneck must first be overcome. After urination urine may remain in the urinary bladder during urethral stricture. This residual urine formation and the reduced urinary stream increase the risk of urinary tract infections.

Those affected may also be disturbed by sudden interruptions in urination, "dribbling", and uncontrolled loss of urine (incontinence). Another symptom of urethral stenosis is the frequent urinary urgency, but usually only small amounts of urine are excreted (pollakisuria). Also, blood in the urine (hematuria) and urinary stones are often found in a urethral stricture.

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