Technique to Facilitate Treatment of Urethral Strictures

Title: A straightforward technique to facilitate remedy of urethral strictures with optical inside urethrotomy

Konstantinos Stamatiou MD,PhD,Advertising and marketing advisor Urologist, Urology Dpt, Regular Hospital “Tzanio”, Piraeus, Greece

Aggeliki Papadatou MD, Radiology Resident, Radiology & Interventional Radiology Dpt, Regular Hospital “Tzanio”, Piraeus, Greece

Hippocrates Moschouris MD, Advertising and marketing advisor Radiologist, Radiology & Interventional Radiology Dpt, Regular Hospital “Tzanio”, Piraeus, Greece

Corresponding author:

Aggeliki Papadatou, Regular Hospital “Tzanio”, Zanni & Afentouli 1 str, 18536, Piraeus, Greece

Key phrases: urethral stricture, optical inside urethrotomy


An urethral stricture is a narrowing of a little bit of the urethra. It causes a blocked or lowered flow into of urine which can find yourself in a variety of manifestations, from asymptomatic to excessive discomfort. Moreover, it might truly lead to crucial points resembling urinary infections and renal insufficiency secondary to urinary retention. Blunt perineal trauma, urological instrumentation, energy inflammatory points resembling lichen sclerosus et atrophicus and sexually transmitted illnesses are most likely probably the most frequent causes of strictures; an enormous proportion are iatrogenic .

At current, three completely completely different interventions are used to take care of urethral strictures: dilations, optical inside urethrotomy and open urethroplasty(1). Dilations are easy to hold out in daily scientific observe, however they current the perfect recurrence expenses whereas their outcomes are the a lot much less satisfying to the victims. Alternatively, open urethroplasty displays the underside recurrence expenses and its outcomes are most likely probably the most satisfying to the victims (2). Although it is the current gold customary in direction of which the usual therapies are in distinction, this technique requires experience, expertise and instruments, normally not on the market inside the helpful useful resource restricted settings. For the above causes, most victims with urethral stricture are supplied optical inside urethrotomy . This course of is hottest as the first remedy alternative by many urologists, because it’s carried out inside temporary operative events, beneath each spinal, or native anaesthesia. It could be moreover carried out as an outpatient course of for the remedy of temporary urethral strictures . Optical inside urethrotomy is carried out by a rigid urethrotome or a flexible cystoscope/urethrotome combination. The instrument is inserted and guided to the face of the stricture and a small blade on the tip of the instrument is deployed using a set off mechanism to cut the stricture at areas determined by the surgeon. Upon completion of the internal incision(s), the instrument is withdrawn and an appropriately sized Foley catheter is inserted by way of the restore and into the urinary bladder. Hospitalization lasts 2 days and the affected individual retains the catheter various days . However, technical difficulties associated to poor visualization of the stenosis or of the urethral lumen would possibly improve procedural time and significantly improve the failure expenses of inside urethrotomy.

On this report we describe a way for urethral catheterization by the use of a suprapubic, percutaneous technique by way of the urinary bladder.

Case Report

A 35-year-old male affected individual, launched to our urology division with a excessive (> 5 cm), tortuous stricture of the penile urethra, beforehand recognized by descending cystourethrogram (Decide 1). A suprapubic catheter was in place.


The urinary bladder was full of 300 millilitres of diluted iodinated distinction (distinction/common saline: 1/three) by the use of the suprapubic catheter. A 0035”, J-tip customary angiographic guidewire was inserted into the urinary bladder by way of the suprapubic catheter. The latter was eradicated and exchanged with a short (11 cm), 5-French angiographic sheath. The angiographic guidewire was subsequently withdrawn and a Cobra-1 angiographic catheter (5 Fr, 65 cm) loaded with a 0035, hydrophilic, J-tip guide-wire was inserted into the bladder. Beneath fluoroscopy, the catheter-guidewire combination was guided in course of the internal urethral orifice and urethra was catheterized. The hydrophilic guidewire was used to barter the stricture and was lastly superior by way of the outside urethral orifice (Decide 2). The angiographic catheter was subsequently superior by way of the stenosis, over the guidewire (Decide three). The hub of the catheter was scale back off and the vascular sheath was eradicated. The posterior part of the catheter is stabilized on the stomach wall with a suture. The affected individual was then taken to the working room and positioned in lithotomy place, beneath spinal anaesthesia. By preserving the angiographic catheter stretched, the rigid urethrotome was inserted inside the urethra (Decide 4) and directed to the face of the stricture. The blade on the tip of the instrument was deployed using a set off mechanism to cut the stricture on the 12 o clock location alongside your complete measurement of the stenosis. Upon completion of the internal incision, the instrument was withdrawn and a Foley catheter was inserted by way of the repaired stricture and into the urinary bladder.


Antegrade catheterization of the urethral stricture and subsequent remedy of the stricture by using the angiographic catheter as a info for the urethrotome proved potential. No urethral hurt, false passage or progress of fistula have been seen. The fluoroscopically guided antegrade catheterization of the stricture lasted 11 minutes. The affected individual stays free of recurrence 7 months post-operation.


Inside urethrotomy has advantages of ease, simplicity, velocity and temporary convalescence. However, success expenses differ and future outcomes are sometimes low. Throughout the short-term (decrease than 6 months), success expenses are 70 to 80 %. After one yr, however, recurrence expenses technique 50 to 60 % and by 5 years, recurrence falls inside the fluctuate of 74 to 86 %(4). Although completely completely different analysis have proposed completely completely different etiologies as poor responders to optical inside urethrotomy, technical and anatomical parts resembling lowered visibility in the midst of the operation and stricture measurement are uniformly recognised as predictors of recurrence . Totally different parts associated to remedy failure are the perioperative urinary an an infection, the presence of periurethral fibrosis (spongiofibrosis) and stricture etiology(5).

In circumstances of utmost urethral stenosis or excessive urethral tortuosity the exact web site of the stricture is not going to be seen at all4. Intraprocedural bleeding, presence of blood clots, inflammatory or injured tissues add additional subject in localization of the stenosis and in protected improvement of the urethrotome. Retrograde instillation of methylene blue by way of the suprapubic catheter and/or antegrade improvement forwarding of an ureteral stent are usually utilized in an effort to visualise narrowed urethral lumen, or to info the urethrotome by way of a tortuous urethra respectively. However every manoeuvres are of questionable effectiveness. In various circumstances the method is concluded in two lessons; in numerous circumstances a scar appears after urethrotomy (possibly on account of a false route of the urethrotome) and this causes a model new stricture. The above would possibly make clear surgical success expenses as little as 20% .

To beat these points, we devised a way which relies on percutaneous, trans-cystic catheterization of the urethra. The tactic requires low-cost, extensively on the market provides of interventional radiology and a fluoroscopy unit. The method is transient, well-tolerated and requires no anesthesia. Our preliminary experience confirmed that even an prolonged and excessive stenosis might very effectively be negotiated with rotational and delicate probing actions of the hydrophilic guidewire. Of phrase, we hottest to profit from the angiographic catheter as a substitute of the guidewire as a info for the urethrotome; as compared with the guidewire, the angiographic catheter proved additional safe, additional atmosphere pleasant for straightening of the urethra and additional merely seen endoscopically.


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Decide 1

Descending cystourethrogram displaying excessive stenosis of the penile urethra (arrow).

Decide 2

Demonstration of the strategy after the choice of the suprapubic catheter with the angiographic sheath (arrow). The angiographic catheter (dotted arrow) and the guidewire (arrowhead) have been inserted by way of the angiographic sheath into the bladder. The guidewire has negotiated the stenosis and has been externalized by way of the outside urethral orifice.

Decide three

The angiographic catheter (dotted arrow) has been superior all through the stenosis over the guidewire.

Decide 4

Endoscopic view of the angiographic catheter which served as a info for the urethrotome.