June 1956


Author Affiliations

Hoboken, N. J.
From Division of Laboratories, St. Mary's Hospital.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1956;91(6):625-627. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1956.02060020627019

OBSTRUCTION of the posterior urethra in infants, contributing to or resulting in death, is not rare. Bugbee and Wollstein,1 in 1924, reported 38 cases of hydronephrosis resulting from posterior urethral obstruction, in a series of 4903 autopsies at Babies Hospital, New York City. Posterior urethral valve formation was the commonest cause, and hypertrophy of the verumontanum, the second. There were no cases of congenital stenosis of the posterior urethra in this series.

Congenital stenosis of the posterior urethra is one of the rarest of all urinary tract anomalies.* Dourmashkin,3 in 1943, reviewed the literature and reported only one case of complete occlusion of the prostatic urethra in a living newborn infant.

The following fatal case of congenital stricture of prostatic urethra in a newborn infant is reported because of paucity of such cases in the literature and because the awareness of a surgically correctable congenital posterior urethral obstruction

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