East and Central African Journal of Surgery

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Direct vision internal urethrotomy in 459 urethral stricture patients at Mulago Hospital, Kampala

K Karimbaev, S Kaggwa, M Kisalu


Four hundred and fifty nine patients seen with simple urethral strictures between 1990 and 1998 underwent direct vision  urethrotomy.. The procedure was successful in 441 patients and failed in only 18 patients. Postoperative complications included fever in 31 patients, urethral bleeding in 14 and epididymitis in 17 patients. The average  hospital stay for patients who did not develop  complications was 3 days. In  conclusion, direct vision internal urethrotomy can be used to treat simple urethral  strictures. It is an easy and short procedure and only associated with minor complications.

Keywords: Direct vision, internal, urethrotomy, urethral and stricture

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