'Checks needed' for urethral diverticulum

Checks for urethral diverticulum – where a small outpouching forms next to the urethra - should be included in the evaluation of women with voiding dysfunction and pelvic disorders, it has been claimed.

UroToday.com says it is a rare condition and not always easy to diagnose early, especially seeing as some of the symptoms of this condition are associated with other women's health problems.

The site claims symptoms of urethral diverticulum are often inaccurately attributed to post-micturition incontinence, meaning closer investigation of potential sufferers' condition is needed.

UroToday.com proposes that accurate diagnosis of the condition requires its consideration in the differential diagnosis of pelvic dysfunctions.

It says the insertion of a sub-midurethral tape in patients suffering from stress urinary incontinence due to intrinsic sphincter deficiency can cause urethral diverticulum to develop.

With this in mind, the site proposes that a thorough pre-operative evaluation should be carried out on all potential sufferers to rule out the presence of this condition.

Urethral diverticulum – which usually occurs between the ages of 40 and 70 - is much more common in females then in males.ADNFCR-2094-ID-19040278-ADNFCR