Unusual Urethral Discharge

What Causes Urethral Discharge?

Urethral discharge can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'needs attention' to 'very serious'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose urethral discharge, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "urethral discharge" as a symptom.  Here are three possibilities:
  • Gonorrhea
  • Urethritis-Urethral Syndrome
  • Chlamydia

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
painful urination
having had a non-AIDS STD
having had many sexual partners
genital sores
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of urethral discharge:
Cause Probability Status
Urethritis-Urethral Syndrome 93% Confirm
Gonorrhea 29% Unlikely
Chlamydia 5% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Urinary Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about unusual urethral discharge:
Have you had any form of unusual urethral discharge? In other words, do you have a discharge from the same opening that you pee through?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Minor, in the past only
→ Major, in the past only
→ Current minor problem
→ Current major problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either history of urethral discharge or urethral discharge, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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