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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 118-124

A Review of the epidemiology and management of urethral stricture disease in Sub-Saharan Africa

1 Department of Surgery, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, Nigeria
2 Department of Surgery, Pediatric Surgery Unit, Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua, Edo State, Nigeria

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Dr. Irekpita Eshiobo
Department of Surgery, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/cmi.cmi_37_19

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The prevalence of urethral stricture in Sub-Saharan Africa is unknown though a few epidemiological studies show that it constitutes a huge disease burden in the region. Over the years, there has been a global change in the epidemiology and management of urethral stricture the extent of which depends on the differences in the regional and subregional economy. The latter affects the pattern of disease distribution and the available tools and expertise for their management. Sixty-one published reports were obtained from Google for this review which critically analyzed the current epidemiology, treatment of urethral stricture disease, and the challenges associated with its treatment in Sub-Saharan Africa from 2011 to 2019. The review also assessed the subregional capacity to treat urethral stricture, taking into consideration available tools, expertise, standard treatment methods, and guidelines.

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