Gazi Medical Journal, vol.24, no.3, 2013 (ESCI)
Objective: To present the long-term results of hydrophilic dilatation catheter or steroidcoated hydrophilic dilatation catheter usage in the management of primary urethral stricture. Methods: Forty-one male patients with a diagnosis of primary urethral stricture shorter than 1.5 cm and no comorbities were included in this study. After application of internal uretrotomy, these patients were randomized into two groups. A steroid-coated (triamcinolone acetonide (1%) 18F hydrophilic dilatation catheter was applied to the patients in group 1 for 2 weeks and an 18F hydrophilic dilatation catheter was applied to the patients in group 2 for 2 weeks, and catheters were removed after 3 days. Uroflowmetry and recurrence rate was used in postoperative follow-ups. Results: Mean patient age were respectively 45.1±8.0 and 47±8.8(68-29) years. Urethral stricture length was evaluated for group 1 7.4±4.0 mm and group 2 7.8±4.3 mm p:0.79. All patients uroflowmetry value (Q max) were followed up on 6,12,24 and 36 month and results were evaluated. Recurrence of urethral stricture was determined in 3 (13%) patients in group 1, and 3 (15%) patients in group 2 (p<0.05) and statisticaly significant. Conclusions: As an adjuvant treatment, this method is effortless, low in complications, and hopeful. Certainly, application to larger patient populations is needed to objectively accept its efficiency. © Copyright 2013 by Gazi University Medical Faculty.