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Large urethral meatal stone: rare cause of acute urinary retention managed with meatotomy and stone retrieval
  1. Kalpesh Mahesh Parmar,
  2. Saket Singh,
  3. Shrawan Kumar Singh and
  4. Anuj Sharma
  1. Urology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kalpesh Mahesh Parmar, kalpesh010385{at}

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A 35-year-old man presented with acute-onset urinary retention. The patient had severe pain in the penile region which was partially relieved with analgesics. There was no previous history of flank pain, haematuria or surgery. General physical examination revealed a blackish hard foreign body protruding from the urethral meatus. The adjacent glans and skin appeared normal (figure 1A). A plain radiograph of the pelvis showed a dense radio opaque shadow of around 2 cm at the level of the urethral meatus (figure 1B). Ultrasound of the abdomen showed the bilateral kidneys were normal with no evidence of hydroureteronephrosis and the urinary bladder was distended. After getting informed consent, dorsal penile block was given and with a ventral meatotomy incision, a large urethral calculus was retrieved using a stone-holding forceps (figure 2A). The meatotomy was closed with chromic catgut 5–0 sutures (figure 2B). The patient voided with immense relief and the pain subsided. At 2 weeks follow-up, the patient is doing well with no fresh complaints and is voiding well. A retrograde urethrogram was done at 4 weeks which showed a normal calibre urethra with no evidence of stricture or diverticulum. Stone analysis revealed a calcium oxalate stone. Urethral stones account for less than 1% of urinary calculi.1 It is commonly associated with renal stone and is likely due to down migration. The most common location is the prostatic urethra. Bothersome voiding is the usual presentation. Urinary retention secondary to urethral meatal stone is extremely rare. Meatotomy under the penile block is reasonably safe and provides prompt relief from symptoms and stone retrieval.

Figure 1

(A) Local examination of penis showing black hard foreign body seen in the urethral meatus.(B) X-ray pelvis showing dense radio opaque shadow present along the course of the penis at the most distal limit.

Figure 2

(A) Stone retrieved from urethral meatus measuring 2 × 1 cm. (B) Meatotomy closure with chromic catgut 5–0 suture.

Patient’s perspective

I am extremely fortunate and thankful to the whole team of doctors who managed my case so well and relieved my agony.

Learning points

  • Large urethral meatus stone in the absence of renal stones is rare.

  • Most commonly it is the migration of a renal stone into the lower urinary tract.

  • Bothersome unrelenting symptoms are quite distinctive of the obstructing stone in the lower urinary tract.

  • Prompt investigation like plain radiograph of the pelvis can diagnose the stone with certainty.

  • A simple procedure like meatotomy under local anaesthesia is very effective for stone retrieval.


The authors thank the patient for being cooperative during the hospital stay.



  • Contributors KMP and SS collected data and wrote the initial draft. AS edited the images. SKS critically analysed.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.