Urethral Discharge Culture: Purpose, Procedure & Results
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What causes urethral discharge? 6 possible conditions

A urethral discharge culture is used to identify infections in your urethra or genital tract, specifically for men and male children. The urethra is the tube that carries urine and semen through your penis, outside of your body. A urethral discharge culture... Read more

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.



Urethritis is a condition in which the urethra, or the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside the body, becomes inflamed and irritated.

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Chlamydia Infection

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease that should be treated quickly in order to avoid complications. It is caused by bacteria that are usually spread through sexual contact. People with chlamydia often don't hav...

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Trichomonas Infection

Trichomoniasis, sometimes called "trich," is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). It is a very common infection, but fortunately it is very treatable.

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Urinary Tract Infection

UTIs are usually caused by bacteria and can occur in any part of the urinary tract. Symptoms of upper UTIs include pain in the upper back, chills, fever, and nausea.

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Urethral Stricture

Usually the urethra is wide enough for urine to flow freely through it. When it narrows, it can restrict urinary flow. This is known as a urethral stricture.

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Reactive Arthritis (Reiter's Syndrome)

Reactive arthritis is a type of arthritis triggered by an infection in the body.

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