Urethral Stricture

  • Medical Author:
    Siamak N. Nabili, MD, MPH

    Dr. Nabili received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), majoring in chemistry and biochemistry. He then completed his graduate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His graduate training included a specialized fellowship in public health where his research focused on environmental health and health-care delivery and management.

  • Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

Can urethral stricture be prevented?

In general terms, urethral stricture is not preventable as most common causes are related to injury, trauma, instrumentation, or unpreventable medical conditions. Sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea or chlamydia are less common causes of urethral stricture, and they can be potentially prevented by practicing safe sex.

What is the prognosis for urethral stricture?

In general, the outlook on urethral stricture is favorable. Depending on the underlying cause, some cases may carry a poorer prognosis.

REFERENCES:
Gousse, Angelo E., Daniel J. Caruso, Richard A. Santucci, Joshua A. Broghammer, and Jon Timothy Posey. " Urethral Strictures, Male." eMedicine.com. June 24, 2009. <http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/450903-overview>.

Lumen, Nicolaas, et al. "Etiology of Urethral Stricture Disease in the 21st Century." The Journal of Urology 182.3 Sept. 2009: 983-987.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/15/2015

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