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How is urethritis diagnosed?

To diagnose urethritis, your healthcare provider will examine you and ask about your symptoms and health history. You may also have one or more of the following tests:
  • urine test to take samples of urine and have them checked for problems
  • blood test to take a sample of blood and have it checked for problems
  • urethral discharge to take a sample of fluid from inside the urethra (a cotton swab is inserted into the opening of the penis and into the urethra)
  • cystoscopy to allow the healthcare provider to look for problems in the urinary tract (a thin, flexible telescope with a light and camera, called a cystoscope, is inserted into the urethra)

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