Overview

What is it?

Urethral caruncles are benign lesions in the urethra, that are most commonly found in women who have gone through the menopause. They are stalk-like and hang from part of the urethra.

Caruncles are more common in women who don’t use hormone therapy replacement (HRT) after menopause. They are often discovered during a medical exam for another health problem.

Overall, they are not a common condition.

Symptoms

The symptoms of a urethral caruncle are:

  • Bleeding when passing urine
  • Pain when passing urine
  • Needing to pass urine frequently
  • A sudden urge to pass urine
  • Tenderness around the urethra

Treatment

The treatment will depend on the caruncle in each individual patient. A urologist will be able to advise if cream or HRT can be used, but if it is large or causing other problems, then it may need additional treatment such as surgery. Furthermore, if the diagnosis is uncertain, then surgery may be used to try and provide more answers.

Meet our specialists

Mr Rajiv Pillai a urologist in East Anglia
Mr Rajiv Pillai

MSc MS FRCS (Urol) FEBU

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Mr Sam Datta a urologist in East Anglia
Mr Sam Datta

BSc MSc MD FRCS (Urol) PGCME

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Mr Zafar Maan a urologist in East Anglia
Mr Zafar Maan

BSc (Hons) MSc (Urol) MA (Clin Ed) FRCS (Urol)

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