Congenital malformation as a cause of urethral strictures

In five to ten percent of cases, congenital malformations of the urethra constitute the underlying cause of urethral strictures. Physicians distinguish between different types of malformation and the specific procedures involved in removing the urethral stricture. Urethral valves are sail-like membranes that are located within the urethra and cause it to constrict. Meatal stenosis is the medical term applied to a narrowing of the opening of the urethra. Another of these congenital abnormalities is the aforementioned hypospadias, in which the patient is born with an unusually short urethra. An additional five percent of strictures are caused by a condition known as lichen sclerosus. This inflammatory skin condition involves hardening and…

Accidents as a cause for urethral stricture

Accidents can also be a cause for urethral stricture. There are several accidents, which are considered to be distinctive for suchlike injuries. There are pelvic fractures, for example, or blunt traumas of the genital areas as well. These so called straddle traumas can be induced by falling off a bike, for instance. In consequence of the damage the urethra can be injured, too, or at worst it could tear. In the event of a minor injury, the subsequent scarring of the tissue can eventually lead to a urethral stricture.