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ICD-10 N81.0
ICD-9 618.03
DiseasesDB 13563

A urethrocele is the prolapse of the female urethra into the vagina. Weakening of the tissues that hold the urethra in place cause it to move and to put pressure on the vagina, leading to the descent of the anterior distal wall of the vagina.[1][2] When it occurs with a cystocele, (involving the bladder as well as the urethra), it is termed a cystourethrocele.[3]


Urethroceles are often caused by childbirth, the movement of the baby through the vagina causing damage to the surrounding tissues.[4]


There are often no symptoms associated with a urethrocele.[1] Where present, symptoms include stress incontinence, increased urinary frequency and difficulty in emptying the bladder.[1][3]


A urethrocele can be treated surgically.[2]


A urethrocele can cause difficulty in urinating which may lead to cystitis.[1]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Curtis, Jeannette (2007-05-27). "Urethrocele (urethral prolapse)". WebMD. Retrieved 2007-11-10.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ostrzenski, Adam (2001). Gynecology: Integrating Conventional, Complementary, and Natural Alternative Therapy. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 333. ISBN 0781727618. line feed character in |publisher= at position 20 (help)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Drife, James O. (2004). Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Elsevier Health Sciences. p. 240. ISBN 0702017752. Unknown parameter |coauthors= ignored (help)
  4. Rhodes, Monica (2006-10-26). "Repair of bladder prolapse (cystocele) or urethra prolapse (urethrocele)". WebMD. Retrieved 2007-11-10.