Urethral Syndrome Follow-up

Updated: Jun 23, 2017
  • Author: Martha K Terris, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Follow-up

Further Outpatient Care

Emotional support and encouragement of patient with urethral syndrome are essential. Reevaluation for possible urinary tract infection and malignancy is also imperative whenever symptoms worsen.

Acupuncture and electroacupuncture have been used in China with some short-term benefits. [6] However, the lack of adequate scientific data and expertise by Western physicians in the practice of acupuncture significantly hinder its widespread practice.

Botulinum toxin (BOTOX®) injections have some promise in treating urethral symptoms that occur with other conditions. However, studies have yet to be performed for its use in urethral syndrome. [7]

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Prognosis

Symptoms of urethral syndrome usually improve slowly as the patient ages, but the problem may be lifelong.

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Patient Education

Diet, exercise, and stress reduction are all important to any chronic illness. Biofeedback for pelvic relaxation may also be helpful in these patients.

For patient education information, see Bladder Control Problems.

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