Urethritis is an infection of the urethra, which is the tube that leads from the bladder to the outside of the body in both men and women. The usual cause is a bacterial infection, which may be related to cystitis (usually women), non-specific urethritis (both sexes), or prostatitis (men only). Patients complain of burning and/or pain on passing urine, the desire to pass urine frequently, and sometimes a clear discharge from the urethra.

Treatment involves taking a course of the appropriate antibiotic.

Diagram showing location of urethra

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