Urethral stricture is an abnormal narrowing of the tube that carries urine out of the body from the bladder (urethra).
Urethral stricture may be caused by inflammation or scar tissue from surgery, disease, or injury. It may also be caused by pressure from an enlarging tumor near the urethra, although this is rare.
Other risks include:
Strictures that are present at birth (congenital) are rare. Strictures in women are also rare.
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