Pronounced: u-reh-thri-tisEn Español (Spanish Version)
Urethritis is an inflammation, infection, or irritation of the urethra. The urethra is the tube that carries urine out of the body from the bladder.
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Urethritis is usually caused by bacteria or viruses, including:
Organisms that cause bladder or kidney infections:
- E. coli
- Organisms that cause sexually transmitted diseases (STDs):
- Ureaplasma urealyticum
- Mycoplasma genitalium
Last reviewedOctober 2012by Adrienne Carmack, MD
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