Do Parameatal Urethral Cysts in Children Need Surgical Excision?

Urology. 2022 Sep:167:198-200. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2022.05.026. Epub 2022 Jun 6.


Objective: To examine pathophysiology of parameatal urethral cyst (PUC) with comparison between the surgical excision group and the spontaneous resolution group.

Methods: We retrospectively reviewed all patients diagnosed with PUC and aged ≤15 years. Initially, all the patients received observation without any treatment. The indication of surgical excision was family preference. The patients were analyzed according to their sex, age, symptoms, clinical course, and pathological examination findings.

Results: Among the 54 boys visited our hospital for PUC. The median age at presentation was 35 (IQR: 12-50) months, including 7 (13.0%) neonates cases. In total, 38 (70.4%) patients were underwent surgical excision, 12 (22.2%) had spontaneous resolution during observation, 1 (1.9%) had observation without resolution, and 3 (5.6%) were lost to follow-up. The median size of PUC at the first visit was significantly larger in the surgical excision group (5 mm median, IQR 3-5) than in the spontaneous resolution group (1.5 mm median, IQR 1-2.5) (P <.0001). In this study, PUC ≥5 mm in diameter did not have spontaneous resolution.

Conclusion: This is the largest study of PUC conducted at a single institute. This study indicated that 22% of PUCs had spontaneous resolution, and PUCs <5 mm had potential for spontaneous resolution. The results recommend an observation of at least 5.5 months for patients with asymptomatic PUC <5 mm. By contrast, we recommend the surgical excision for symptomatic PUC ≥5 mm according to the family preference.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Cysts* / surgery
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Retrospective Studies