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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
- 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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