Urethral caruncle

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Urethral caruncle
Classification and external resources
Specialty urology
ICD-10 N36.2
ICD-9-CM 599.3
DiseasesDB 13554

A urethral caruncle is a benign cutaneous condition characterized by distal urethral lesions that are most commonly found in postmenopausal females. They appear red, and can be various sizes. They can have the appearance of a tumor. These epidermal growths are found around the posterior portian of the urethral meatus. They can bleed and occasionally dysuria and dyspareunia. These lesions are most often found in older, post-menopausal women. The caruncles can be removed by surgery, electric cauterization and then with suture repair. Pathologiy studies are necessary to distinguish carcinoma of the urethra from urethral caruncles. Caruncles can grow back in some instances. Urethral caruncles can accompany the skin changes related to lowered estrogen levels. They can become a source of chronic hematuria, infection, and urethritis. [1][2]

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  1. ^ Rapini, Ronald P.; Bolognia, Jean L.; Jorizzo, Joseph L. (2007). Dermatology: 2-Volume Set. St. Louis: Mosby. p. 1070. ISBN 1-4160-2999-0. 
  2. ^ Abele, H (2014). Atlas of gynecologic surgery. Stuttgart: Thieme. ISBN 9783136507049.