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For convenience of classification, urethral strictures are considered as being of large, medium or small caliber; either plastic-exudative or fibrous in in character, and may at any time become spasmodic. Within the folds of the urethral mucous membrane at the point of stricture will generally be found gonococci, and sometimes at this point there will also be found one or more pockets of pus, which, when situated in the deep urethra, may cause chronic prostatorrhea, or prostatic abscess.
A stricture of large caliber may be defined as any size larger than 29 F. situated either in the deep or pendulous portion of the urethra. This form of stricture will often be overlooked, from the fact that the urethra seems to be of normal caliber, the act of urination being performed without difficulty, and the presence of a stricture only suspected from the slight discharge of glairy mucus observed by the
TRACY EE. THE DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF URETHRAL STRICTURE.. JAMA. 1898;XXX(12):641-643. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440640009003