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Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and your medical history and conduct a physical exam. Your doctor may recommend a number of tests to determine the cause, location and length of the urethral stricture, including:

  • Urinalysis — looks for signs of infection, blood or cancer in your urine
  • Urinary flow test — measures the strength and amount of urine flow
  • Urethral ultrasound — evaluates the length of the stricture
  • Pelvic ultrasound — looks for the presence of urine in your bladder after urination
  • Pelvic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) — assesses whether your pelvic bone is affecting or is affected by your condition
  • Retrograde urethrogram — uses X-ray images to check for a structural problem or injury of the urethra
  • Cystoscopy — examines your urethra and bladder using a thin, tube-like device fitted with a lens (cystoscope) to view these organs
Nov. 20, 2012

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