Urethral agenesis

Urethral agenesis (or urethral atresia) refers to a situation where there is a congenital absence of the urethra.  It can be a cause of fetal obstructive uropathy.

Associations
Antenatal ultrasound

May show a dilated fetal bladder + / - dilated upper tracts.

Ancillary sonographic features include

It is incompatible with life unless an alternative communication between the bladder and amniotic sac exists. In selected situations intra uterine vesico-amniotic shunts can be considered.

For a dilated bladder and upper tract in utero consider 

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Article information

rID: 13719
Tag: cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Urethral atresia
  • Agenesis of the urethra
  • Atresia of the urethra

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