Meatal stenosis results from irritation of the urethral opening at the end of the penis, which leads to tissue growth and scarring across the opening. The growth narrows the end of the penis causing the urine flow to become a fine narrow stream. Sometimes there is also bleeding at the end of urination. Meatal stenosis can usually be treated in the physician's office using local anesthesia to the area and dilating (widening) the urethral opening with special instruments.
Update Date 10/9/2012
Updated by: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Louis S. Liou, MD, PhD, Chief of Urology, Cambridge Health Alliance, Visiting Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.