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November 6, 1943

DISORDERS AND LESIONS OF THE MALE URETHRA: OFFICE PROCEDURES

Author Affiliations

ATLANTA, GA.; MEDICAL CORPS, UNITED STATES ARMY

JAMA. 1943;123(10):599-603. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840450001001
Abstract

Disorders of the male urethra are the cause of many disturbing symptoms. They are due chiefly to inflammatory conditions, obstructions and hyperemia or hyperesthesia. These disorders manifest themselves chiefly as abnormal discharges, urinary irritation and sexual disturbances. Inflammation and obstructions are intimately related. By this is meant localized inflammatory processes tending to produce fibrosis and obstructions in the areas so affected. It is equally true that obstructed areas in the urethra, whether congenital or acquired, tend to harbor infection. Each tends to perpetuate the other; inflammation produces fibrosis and obstructions, which in turn hinder the cure of infected areas. Considerable judgment is required at times, especially in chronic recurrent inflammation, to determine the correct plan of treatment. Formerly it was deemed inadvisable to dilate inflamed areas in the urethra even though an obstruction was known to be present and keeping up the inflammation; since the advent of sulfonamide compounds, however,

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