Meatal Stenosis (Pediatric)
Meatal stenosis is a condition that can occur in boys, although it is more commonly observed in older children. It involves the narrowing or constriction of the opening at the tip of the penis (urethral meatus), making it more difficult for urine to pass through. Meatal stenosis can be caused by various factors, including circumcision, irritation, or inflammation. It’s important to have this condition evaluated by a healthcare provider to determine the underlying cause and appropriate management.
- Circumcision: Meatal stenosis can sometimes develop as a result of circumcision, particularly if the circumcision was performed using certain techniques.
- Irritation: Prolonged exposure to urine, particularly if it’s acidic or concentrated, can irritate the meatus and lead to narrowing.
- Inflammation: Inflammation in the genital area due to infections or other conditions can contribute to the development of meatal stenosis.
- Symptoms of meatal stenosis can include urinary symptoms like a weakened urine stream, spraying of urine, and discomfort or pain during urination.
- Boys with meatal stenosis might also experience frequency of urination and urinary tract infections (UTIs).
A pediatric healthcare provider can diagnose meatal stenosis through a physical examination of the genital area.
- Treatment for meatal stenosis usually involves a minor surgical procedure called a meatotomy. During this procedure, the meatus is gently widened to alleviate the narrowing.
- Depending on the severity and underlying cause, other treatment options might be recommended.
Proper hygiene practices, such as gentle cleansing of the genital area during baths, can help prevent irritation and inflammation that might contribute to meatal stenosis.
Regular follow-up appointments with a healthcare provider after treatment can help ensure proper healing and monitor for any complications.
Meatal stenosis is a treatable condition, and most boys who undergo a meatotomy experience improvement in their urinary symptoms. If you suspect that your child might have meatal stenosis or if they are experiencing urinary symptoms, it’s advisable to consult a pediatric healthcare provider. They can provide an accurate diagnosis, recommend appropriate treatment options, and ensure the best possible health for your child’s urinary system.