Epidemiology of urethral stricture at Tygerberg Hospital
CITATION: Steenkamp, J. W. & De Kock, M. L. S. 1994. Epidemiology of urethral stricture at Tygerberg Hospital. South African Medical Journal, 84:267-268.
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Over a 12-month period, 120 consecutive male patients with confirmed urethral stricture were prospectively studied with regard to the epidemiology of the disease. Specific urethritis is the main aetiological factor (45%) and internal and external trauma account for an alarming 38,3% of cases. The prevalence is highest among 40 - 50-year-old coloured men who have had little schooling, multiple sexual partners and who have a low annual income. The incidence can be reduced by upliftment of moral and educational standards of the local population, and by emphasising the potential dangers of catheterisation and instrumentation to medical personnel.