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Could hair in the urethra cause UTI symptoms?

Hi I am a 21 year old male with a history of having a hypospadias repair. I have had previous UTIs, which all went away with a course of Bactrum. However, recently I have had another UTI show up with a positive culture and was given Cipro. They symptoms didn t really go away but the next culture shortly after being off of the Cipro was negative. My urologist now wants to a cystoscopy as he thinks it might be hair inside the urethra causing the discomfort and frequency. What do you think and could hair in the urethra be th cause of all of this?
Mon, 28 Sep 2015
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Urologist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM.
As an Urologist, let me assure you, that hair is a potential cause for UTI.
Your Urologist has advised correctly, that if hair is seen on a cystoscopy, growing on a skin graft, used in hypospadias repair surgery, it should be removed. That will prevent recurrent UTI.
Hair removal and cystoscopy are minor procedures,done under local anesthesia.You don't worry about it. If you've any doubts, you may contact me, for an expert opinion.
Dr.Matthew J. Mangat.
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