Urethral stricture is scar tissue that narrows the urethra. The urethra is the tube that carries urine out of the body. Someone with a urethral stricture will have a reduced flow of urine from the bladder, this can result in a number of different medical problems such as urinary tract inflammation or infection.

Here are some of the most common symptoms associated with a urethral stricture:

  • Reduced urinary stream
  • Not being able to empty your bladder
  • Difficulty when urinating (being in pain or having to strain)
  • Constant urge to urinate or urinating more often
  • Urinary tract infections

There are a number of different causes of urethral stricture. Some of the most common include:

  •  A medical procedure that requires a tube to be inserted into the urethra to investigate the area (endoscope)
  • Long term or intermittent use of a catheter (a tube that is inserted up the urethra to drain urine from the bladder)
  • Trauma or injury to the urethra or pelvic area
  • An enlarged prostate or surgery to remove the prostate
  • Sexual transmitted diseases or infections
  • Cancer of the prostate or urethra
  • Radiotherapy

It is often hard to find the exact cause of urethral stricture. It most commonly occurs in men, although in some cases can affect women.

If you have recently been diagnosis with urethral stricture or would like to have your symptoms investigated, please call us on 0161 327 1269 or email info@urologyclinics.co.uk and one of our team will be happy to help you out.

We have clinics in central and surrounding areas of Manchester to ensure that our services can reach as many people as possible.

This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.