Duplication of urethra

What causes duplication of urethra?

The exact cause of this condition is unknown; but it is probably due to a defect during the development of the embryo.

Last updated on 05-01-20

What is duplication of urethra?

Duplication of urethra is a very rare condition where there is an extra urethra, instead of the normal one. Urethral duplications can be classified into three types: incomplete urethral duplication (type 1), complete urethral duplication (type 2), and urethral duplication as a result of two bladdersThe urethra is the tube that connects the urinary bladder to the genitals for the removal of fluids from the body. In men, the urethra is a long tube that runs through the penis. In women, the urethra is shorter and emerges above the vaginal opening. Click here to view a picture of the male urinary tract. Click here to view a picture of the female urinary tract.

Last updated on 05-01-20

How rare is duplication of urethra?

Duplication of urethra is a rare congenital anomaly with only about 188 cases reported in the medical literature. This anomaly is most common in males with few cases reported in females.

Last updated on 05-01-20

How might duplication of urethra be treated?

Treatment of this condition depends on the anatomy of the duplication and its clinical features. Some people with mild symptoms do not require surgery. However, sugery might be considered for disturbing symptoms, such as an annoying double stream or incontinence, or for cosmetic reasons.

Last updated on 05-01-20

Name: Birth Defect Research for Children, Inc. 976 Lake Baldwin Lane, Suite 104
Orlando, FL, 32814, United States
Phone: +1-407-895-0802 Email: staff@birthdefects.org Url: https://www.birthdefects.org/

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