Meatal stenosis results from irritation of the urethral opening at the end of the penis, which leads to tissue growth and scarring across the opening. The growth narrows the end of the penis causing the urine flow to become a fine narrow stream. Sometimes there is also bleeding at the end of urination. Meatal stenosis can usually be treated in the physician's office using local anesthesia to the area and dilating (widening) the urethral opening with special instruments.
Review Date 1/1/2023
Updated by: Kelly L. Stratton, MD, FACS, Associate Professor, Department of Urology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK. Also reviewed by David C. Dugdale, MD, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.