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Urinary and Genital Disorders (Children)

Urethral Stricture and Potty Training



My son is having a urethral calibration and dilatation to correct a urethral stricture. When he urinates, his urinary stream arcs upwards. Quite the party trick, but not great for potty training! I have read that strictures can cause some children to not empty their bladder completely. Could this be a contributing factor to our potty training woes?


It sounds like he has a mild form of meatal stenosis, in which there is a web on the ventral (downward) side of the penis. This web rarely causes obstructed voiding, but instead typically causes deflection of the urinary stream. I do not think it is a cause of delayed toilet training.

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Jack S Elder, MD, FACS, FAAP Jack S Elder, MD, FACS, FAAP
Clinical Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University