A man is admitted to the hospital for possible urethritis. The nurse assesses the patient closely for what common signs and symptoms?


• Urethritis is caused by inflammation of the urethra and normally a reaction to a pathogen (viral, bacterial). Urethritis is a common manifestation of STD's in males.

• Assessment findings characteristic of urethritis are dysuria, mucopurulent penile discharge, hematuria (microscopic) and frequent urination.

• Suprapubic pain is usually a sign of cystitis, not urethritis. Proteinuria usually occurs after damage to the kidneys, and urethritis does not typically involve the kidneys.

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