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About Urethral Strictures

About Urethral Strictures

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Certain benign (noncancerous) diseases of the urethra can cause a narrowing of the passage, called urethral stricture or urethral stenosis. Urethral strictures usually result from either an injury to the urethra or a viral or bacterial infection.

Symptoms of Urethral Strictures


Urethral stricture can cause one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Blood in the semen
  • Bloody or dark urine
  • Decreased urine output
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Discharge from the urethra
  • Frequent or urgent urination
  • Inability to urinate
  • Incontinence
  • Painful urination
  • Pain in the lower abdomen
  • Pelvic pain
  • Slow urine stream (may develop suddenly or gradually)
  • Spraying of urine stream
  • Swelling of the penis

Diagnosing Urethral Strictures


If you’re experiencing one or more of the above symptoms and your doctor suspects urethral stricture, he or she may perform a cystoscopy, in which a thin tube with a camera attached is inserted into the urethra. The camera transmits images that will enable your doctor to tell if you have a urethral stricture. Special X-ray examinations called retrograde urethrograms are often required to better evaluate the site and length of the stricture.

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To learn more about urethral stricture treatment at Houston Methodist Urology Services or to make an appointment, please call us at 713-790-3333.