Unusual foreign body in the urethra

Urol Int. 1984;39(3):184-6. doi: 10.1159/000280971.


Numerous cases of intraurethral foreign bodies of great variety and unusual nature have been reported. Such foreign bodies are usually introduced for sexual stimulation and/or during an intoxicated or confused state. Resulting symptoms usually involve the urinary frequency, dysuria, nocturia, hematuria, gross bleeding per urethra, difficulty in voiding, or complete urinary retention. Depending on the type of foreign body and its location, various methods of removal have been described, including meatotomy, cystoscopy, internal or external urethrotomy, suprapubic cystostomy, Fogarty catheterization, and injection of solvents. The most frequent complications are urethritis, urethral tear with periurethral abscess and/or fistula, hemorrhage, and urethral diverticuli. We report a case of an intraurethral fishhook with its complications and treatment. The diagnosis should be considered in high-risk patients with lower and urinary tract signs and symptoms.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Extravasation of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Materials
  • Foreign Bodies / diagnostic imaging*
  • Foreign Bodies / surgery
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiography
  • Urethra / diagnostic imaging*
  • Urethra / surgery