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Duplication of urethra


Other Names for this Disease
  • Urethral duplication
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Overview

Duplication of urethra is a very rare condition where there is an extra urethra, instead of the normal one. Urethral duplications can be classified into three types: incomplete urethral duplication (type 1), complete urethral duplication (type 2), and urethral duplication as a result of two bladdersThe urethra is the tube that connects the urinary bladder to the genitals for the removal of fluids from the body. In men, the urethra is a long tube that runs through the penis. In women, the urethra is shorter and emerges above the vaginal opening.[1][2] Click here to view a picture of the male urinary tract. Click here to view a picture of the female urinary tract.
Last updated: 8/4/2011

References

  1. Urethral Disorders. MedlinePlus. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/urethraldisorders.html. Accessed 7/15/2011.
  2. Erdil H, Mavi A et al. Urethral Duplication. Acta Med. Okayama. 2003; http://www.lib.okayama-u.ac.jp/www/acta/pdf/57_2_91.pdf. Accessed 7/15/2011.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Urethral duplication
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