Meatal stenosis is a narrowing of the opening of the urethra, the tube through which urine leaves the body.
Urethral meatal stenosis
Meatal stenosis can affect both males and females. It is more common in males.
In males, it is often caused by swelling and irritation (inflammation). In most cases, this problem occurs in newborns after circumcision. Abnormal scar tissue can grow across the opening of the urethra, causing it to narrow. The problem may not be detected until the child is toilet trained.
In adult men, the condition can result from surgery on the urethra, ongoing use of an indwelling catheter, or procedure to treat an enlarged prostate gland (BPH).
In females, this condition is present at birth (congenital). Less commonly, meatal stenosis may also affect adult women.
In females, meatal stenosis is most often treated in the 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.
In boys, a minor outpatient surgery called meatoplasty is the treatment of choice. Dilation of the meatus may also be appropriate in some cases.
Warren Snodgrass is an Urologist in The Colony, Texas. Dr. Snodgrass has been practicing medicine for over 42 years and is rated as an Elite doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Meatal Stenosis. He is also highly rated in 11 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Meatal Stenosis, Hypospadias, Reflux Nephropathy, and Balanitis. He is licensed to treat patients in Texas.
Nicol Bush is an Urologist in Frisco, Texas. Dr. Bush is rated as an Elite doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Meatal Stenosis. She is also highly rated in 4 other conditions, according to our data. Her top areas of expertise are Hypospadias, Meatal Stenosis, Balanitis, and Urethral Stricture. She is licensed to treat patients in Texas. Dr. Bush is currently accepting new patients.
Ramesh Babu is in Chennai, India. Babu is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Meatal Stenosis. He is also highly rated in 9 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Meatal Stenosis, Hydronephrosis, Hypospadias, and Reflux Nephropathy.
Most people will urinate normally after treatment.
Complications may include:
Call your provider if your child has symptoms of this disorder.
If your baby boy has recently been circumcised, try to keep the diaper clean and dry. Avoid exposing the newly circumcised penis to any irritants. They may cause inflammation and narrowing of the opening.
Published Date : January 10, 2021
Published By : Kelly L. Stratton, MD, FACS, Associate Professor, Department of Urology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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