Urethral Trauma Clinical Presentation

Updated: Dec 06, 2021
  • Author: James M Cummings, MD; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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History and Physical Examination

The diagnosis of urethral injuries requires a reasonably high index of suspicion. Urethral injury should be suspected in the setting of pelvic fracture, traumatic catheterization, straddle injuries, or any penetrating injury near the urethra. Signs and symptoms include hematuria or inability to void. 

Physical examination may reveal blood at the meatus or a high-riding prostate gland upon rectal examination. Extravasation of blood along the fascial planes of the perineum is another indication of injury to the urethra.