Urethral injury treatment

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A urethral injury is a damage to the urethra when the flow of urine is obstructed. Ruptures, urinary incontinence, urethral strictures, and erectile dysfunction accompany the disease. In mild cases, doctors perform catheterisation and prescribe drug therapy. In severe scenarios, surgery can be an option.

The urethra is the last part of the urinary tract. Therefore, urethral injury is a fairly common condition. Such damage mainly occurs due to pelvic fractures, usually in car accidents.

The male urethra is four times longer than that of women. As a result, men are more susceptible to getting hurt. However, damage to the urethra in women is rare. Female characteristics of the urethra explain this: it is wide and short.

The most common causes leading to urethral injury are:

  • Trauma (due to car crash, falling from height; during sexual intercourse);
  • Urinary stone disease;
  • Medical procedures (bladder catheterisation or cystoscopy);
  • Injuries during childbirth.

Urethral injury symptoms are more pronounced in men than in women. The common signs are the following:

  • Pain during urination;
  • Bleeding from the urethra;
  • Bloody urine;
  • Urinary retention.

At the first signs of damage, an immediate appointment with a urologist is crucial. The doctor provides all necessary diagnostics using ureteroscopy, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging.

Non-operative urethral injury treatment can be carried out when there is no urethral rupture. The urologist installs a catheter to facilitate urine output. In addition, drug therapy includes antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and hemostatics.

Doctors treat severe damages with surgical intervention:

  • Epicystostomy removes urine using a catheter inserted directly into the bladder through the skin.
  • When blood accumulates (hematoma), surgeons open it and remove the blood.
  • Urethral plastic surgery restores the patency of the urethra.
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