Learn About Meatal Stenosis

What is the definition of Meatal Stenosis?

Meatal stenosis is a narrowing of the opening of the urethra, the tube through which urine leaves the body.

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What are the alternative names for Meatal Stenosis?

Urethral meatal stenosis

What are the causes of 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.

Risks include:

  • Having many endoscopic procedures (cystoscopy)
  • Severe, long-term atrophic vaginitis
What are the symptoms of Meatal Stenosis?

Symptoms include:

  • Abnormal strength and direction of urine stream
  • Bed wetting
  • Bleeding (hematuria) at end of urination
  • Discomfort with urination or straining with urination
  • Incontinence (day or night)
  • Visible narrow opening in boys
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What are the current treatments for Meatal Stenosis?

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.

Who are the top Meatal Stenosis Local Doctors?
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Haven Behavioral Healthcare

Hypospadias Specialty Center

3716 Standridge Dr 
The Colony, TX 75056

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.

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Haven Behavioral Healthcare

Pediatric & Adult Reconstructive Center For Urology PLLC

5680 Frisco Square Blvd 
Frisco, TX 75034

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.

 
 
 
 
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Sri Ramachandra Institute Of Higher Education And Research

Chennai, TN, IN 

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.

What is the outlook (prognosis) for Meatal Stenosis?

Most people will urinate normally after treatment.

What are the possible complications of Meatal Stenosis?

Complications may include:

  • Abnormal urine stream
  • Blood in the urine
  • Frequent urination
  • Painful urination
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Damage to bladder or kidney function in severe cases
When should I contact a medical professional for Meatal Stenosis?

Call your provider if your child has symptoms of this disorder.

How do I prevent Meatal Stenosis?

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.

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What are the latest Meatal Stenosis Clinical Trials?
Effect of Caudal and Penile Block on Hypospadias Repair Complications
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The Role of Hypospadias Objective Scoring Evaluation (HOSE) and Uroflowmetry in Evaluation of Successful Hypospadias Repair
What are the Latest Advances for Meatal Stenosis?
Optimal clamping time in meatotomy procedure for children with meatal stenosis: Experience with 120 cases.
A comparative study of polydioxanone (PDS) and polyglactin (Vicryl) in hypospadias repair.
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Midline urethral-plate incision followed by Mathieu urethroplasty for repair of distal hypospadias.
Who are the sources who wrote this article ?

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.

What are the references for this article ?

Elder JS. Anomalies of the penis and urethra. In: Kliegman RM, St. Geme JW, Blum NJ, Shah SS, Tasker RC, Wilson KM, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 21st ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 559.

Marien T, Kadihasanoglu M, Miller NL. Complications of endoscopic procedures for benign prostatic hyperplasia. In: Taneja SS, Shah O, eds. Complications of Urologic Surgery. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 26.

Stephany HA, Ost MC. Urologic disorders. In: Zitelli BJ, McIntire SC, Nowalk AJ, eds. Zitelli and Davis' Atlas of Pediatric Physical Diagnosis. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 15.

Virasoro R, Jordan GH, McCammon KA. Surgery for benign disorders of the penis and urethra. In: Partin AW, Domochowski RR, Kavoussi LR, Peters CA, eds. Campbell-Walsh-Wein Urology. 12th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 82.