Diagnosis and management of female urethral diverticulum

Danielle D. Antosh, Robert E. Gutman

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Female urethral diverticulum is a disorder that affects 1% to 6% of women. Women with diverticula may present with a variety of nonspecific genitourinary complaints, making the diagnosis challenging. Diagnosis is made by physical examination and can be confirmed with cystourethroscopy and/or radiographic imaging. Asymptomatic women can be managed conservatively, whereas treatment for symptomatic women usually involves a diverticulectomy. Potential complications from diverticulectomy include diverticulum recurrence, de novo stress incontinence, urethrovaginal fistula, urethral stricture, and recurrent urinary tract infections. This article reviews the etiology, differential diagnoses, evaluation, and management of female urethral diverticula.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)264-271
Number of pages8
JournalFemale Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2011


  • Diverticula
  • Diverticulectomy
  • Diverticulum
  • Female
  • Urethral

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Surgery
  • Urology


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