Urethral Stricture: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 2/22/2021

A urethral stricture is a narrowing of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder outside the body.

Signs and symptoms of a urethral stricture range from no symptoms at all to severe symptoms with complete retention of urine. When symptoms do occur, symptoms associated with a urethral stricture include a

  • decreased urine stream,
  • incomplete bladder emptying,
  • spraying of the urine stream,
  • difficulty, straining or pain when urinating,
  • dribbling of urine, or an
  • increased urge to urinate or more frequent urination than normal.

Causes of urethral stricture

A urethral stricture can be caused by any inflammation of the urethra resulting from injury, trauma, previous surgery, or infection. In many cases, no cause can be identified for a urethral stricture.

Other urethral stricture symptoms and signs

  • Decreased Urine Stream
  • Difficulty, Straining, or Pain When Urinating
  • Dribbling of Urine
  • Incomplete Bladder Emptying
  • Increased Urge to Urinate or More Frequent Urination Than Normal
  • Spraying of the Urine Stream


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