Urethral stricture

What is Urethral Stricture?

Urethral stricture refers to inflammation or scarring that occurs in or around the urethra causing it to become narrower. The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body and it is usually wide enough to allow urine to flow freely and without difficulty.  A stricture restricts the flow of urine from the bladder, which can lead to a variety of problems in the urinary tract, including inflammation and infection. Severe blockage that lasts a long time can result in kidney damage. Urethral strictures are rare in women but in men they are more common than is generally thought and can occur at any point from the bladder to the tip of the penis.