Urethral caruncle

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Urethral caruncle is a rare benign pathology of the urethra.


  • Definition as per Genitourinary Pathology by Zhou:[1] polypoid lesion of the distal urethra in women that ought to have lamina propria inflammation.
  • Benign.
  • Typically in post-menopausal women.
  • Reported in men.[2]


  • +/-Dysuria.
  • +/-Hematuria.



  • Polypoid or sessile lesion - covered with squamous epithelium or urothelium.
  • +/-Inflammation.
  • +/-Dilated blood vessels.

See also


  1. Zhou, Ming; Magi-Galluzzi, Cristina (2006). Genitourinary Pathology: A Volume in Foundations in Diagnostic Pathology Series (1st ed.). Churchill Livingstone. pp. 457. ISBN 978-0443066771.
  2. Sriprasad, S.; Kooiman, GG.; Hopster, D.; Muir, GH. (Dec 2003). "Urethral caruncle in a man.". BJU Int 92 Suppl 3: e68. PMID 19125457.
  3. URL: http://www.riversideonline.com/health_reference/Questions-Answers/AN01214.cfm. Accessed on: 3 February 2012.
  4. Kim, KK.; Sin, DY.; Park, HW. (Apr 1993). "Urethral caruncle occurring in a young girl--a case report.". J Korean Med Sci 8 (2): 160-1. PMID 8397932.