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The Effect of Urethral Catheter Size on Meatal Stenosis Formation in Children Undergoing Tubularized Incised Plate Urethroplasty

Suleyman Cuneyt Karakus, Naim Koku, Mehmet Ergun Parmaksiz, Idris Ertaskin, Huseyin Kilincaslan, Hasan Deliaga





Purpose: Meatal stenosis is still a common problem in tubularized incised plate urethroplasty.

In this study, we aimed to seek for a relationship between the size of urethral catheter and meatal stenosis formation in children undergoing tubularized incised plate urethroplasty.

Materials and Methods: We retrospectively reviewed 83 children who underwent tubularized incised plate urethroplasty for hypospadias. The whole group was classified into the groups A and B based on the catheter size. One group (group A) consisted of 44 patients (mean age, 4.82 ± 3.83 years) with tubularized neourethra over a 6 Fr catheter, while the other group (group B) included 39 patients (mean age, 5.19 ± 3.83 years) with tubularized neourethra over a 8 Fr catheter.

Results: There were no significant differences between the groups according to their age, location of urethral meatus, dehiscence and urethrocutaneous fistula formation. Meatal stenosis formation in group B was markedly higher than that in group A. Number of meatal dilatation was higher in group B compared to group A.

Conclusion: We suggest that the tubularization of urethral plate over a small-sized (6 Fr) catheter, regardless of the age of the patients, prevents meatal stenosis by reducing foreign body reaction and pressure injury and by hindering secondary healing.


DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22037/uj.v10i4.1669


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