Narrowed Urethra Evaluation
The evaluation of a urethral stricture begins with a history and physical exam, including a pelvic exam in females.
The physical exam in someone with a urethral stricture is usually normal. Tests are necessary to make the diagnosis of a urethral stricture.
Tests that may be used to evaluate a urethral stricture include:
- Complete blood count
- Kidney profile
- Urine culture
- Urine cytology
- Urine stress test
- Bladder metrics:
- Measures the amount of urine in the bladder after voiding
- Measures the urine flow rate
- Measures bladder capacity
- Bladder manometry
- Intravenous pyelogram (IVP)
- CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis
- Abdominal ultrasound
Additional tests that may be used to evaluate males with a urethral stricture include:
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