Sonographic Localization of a Retained Urethral Foreign Body in an Elderly Patient

J Clin Ultrasound. 2018 May;46(4):296-298. doi: 10.1002/jcu.22515. Epub 2017 Jun 27.


A retained urethral foreign body is an uncommon presentation in the Emergency Department. The diagnosis and treatment of retained urethral foreign bodies are determined by their size, location, shape, and mobility and often require specialty consultation and operative intervention. In this case of a 74-year-old man with a self-inserted, retained urethral foreign body, we present the utility of a bedside ultrasound to detect the depth, size, and distance from the meatus of the object to guide the approach to extraction of the object at the bedside in the Emergency Department. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Clin Ultrasound 46:296-298, 2018.

Keywords: foreign body; penis; ultrasonography; urethra.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Foreign Bodies / diagnostic imaging*
  • Foreign Bodies / psychology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Ultrasonography
  • Urethra / diagnostic imaging*