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  • Urethritis is inflammation of the urethra from any cause (usually infection).
  • Associated with urethral discharge and dysuria
  • Urethritis may develop after exposure to a partner with an STD, bacterial vaginosis, or UTI.
  • Urethritis may also develop after orogenital contact.


  • STD; the most common causes are:
    • Neisseria gonorrhoeae (35%)
    • Chlamydia trachomatis (25–50%)
    • Mycoplasma genitalium and Ureaplasma urealyticum (30%)
  • Rarer causes:
    • Trichomonas vaginalis
    • Candidal species
    • Herpes simplex virus
    • Adenovirus
    • Genital warts
    • Enteric bacteria (in the setting of insertive anal sex)
    • Alcohol
    • Systemic illnesses
    • Urethral foreign bodies

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Rosen, Peter, et al., editors. "Urethritis." 5-Minute Emergency Consult, 5th ed., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2016. Emergency Central, emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307458/all/Urethritis.
Urethritis. In: Rosen P, Shayne P, Barkin AZ, et al, eds. 5-Minute Emergency Consult. 5th ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2016. https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307458/all/Urethritis. Accessed April 23, 2019.
Urethritis. (2016). In Rosen, P., Shayne, P., Barkin, A. Z., Wolfe, R. E., Hayden, S. R., Barkin, R. M., & Schaider, J. J. (Eds.), 5-Minute Emergency Consult. Available from https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307458/all/Urethritis
Urethritis [Internet]. In: Rosen P, Shayne P, Barkin AZ, Wolfe RE, Hayden SR, Barkin RM, Schaider JJ, editors. 5-Minute Emergency Consult. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2016. [cited 2019 April 23]. Available from: https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/5-Minute_Emergency_Consult/307458/all/Urethritis.
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