Urethral meatal stenosis
Definition of Meatal stenosis
Meatal stenosis is a narrowing of the opening of the urethra, the tube through which urine leaves the body.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Meatal stenosis can affect both males and females, but it is more common in males.
Signs and tests
In boys, a history and physical exam are enough to make the diagnosis.
In females, meatal stenosis can usually be treated in the health care provider’s office. This is done using local anesthesia to numb the area. Then the opening of the urethra is widened (dilated) with special instruments.
Most people will urinate normally after treatment.
Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; Scott Miller, MD, Urologist in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 9/3/2010