IS case 507: Urethral diverticulum

Aharon Wolf, MD

University of Rochester

Imaging Sciences URMC 2010
Publication Date: 2010-09-10


Patient is a 42-year-old female with pelvic pain.


Urethral diverticulum just left of midline.


Female urethral diverticulum is an uncommon pathologic entity that can manifest with a variety of lower urinary tract symptoms. Selection of the appropriate imaging modality is critical in establishing the diagnosis. Urethrography has traditionally been used. Clinicians should consider the possibility of a urethral diverticulum in women with recurrent lower urinary tract symptoms such as post void dribbling and infections. Female urethral diverticulum is becoming more prevalent in clinical practice and radiologists should be familiar with its imaging features.


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