Outpatient Ultrasound Urethrogram for Assessment of Anterior Urethral Stricture: Early Experience.
OBJECTIVE: To describe the technique of ultrasound urethrogram (USUG) for the diagnosis of anterior urethral stricture performed in an ambulatory setting without any adjunctive imaging.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between September 2013 and September 2015, 35 consecutive adult men (>18 years old) presenting for anterior urethral reconstruction underwent outpatient USUG prior to definitive management. No alternative imaging test was performed. Lengths of the strictures as determined by outpatient USUG and via direct intraoperative measurements were compared by a paired t test.
RESULTS: Strictures were in the bulbar urethra in 24 men and in the penile urethra in 11 men. The differences between the outpatient USUG length measurements (mean = 1.86 cm) and the intraoperative stricture length measurements (mean = 2.02 cm) were not significantly different (P = .10). Additionally, the correlation coefficient between these length measurements was 0.84 (P < .001).
CONCLUSION: Preoperative USUG performed in the ambulatory setting for the diagnosis and characterization of anterior urethral strictures is safe and feasible. This outpatient imaging modality offers an alternative to retrograde urethrogram.
Published In/Presented At
Bryk, D. J., Khurana, K., Yamaguchi, Y., Kozirovsky, M., Telegrafi, S., & Zhao, L. C. (2016). Outpatient Ultrasound Urethrogram for Assessment of Anterior Urethral Stricture: Early Experience. Urology, 93, 203–207. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.urology.2016.03.016
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Medicine