What is the focus of patient history in the diagnosis of urethritis?

Updated: Dec 12, 2018
  • Author: Martha K Terris, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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Obtaining a careful patient history often helps differentiate between a sexuallly transmitted disease (STD) and other causes of urethritis. The questions can be quite personal, and the physician should take care to not appear disgusted, amused, or judgmental regarding the patient's sexual history. If patients feel uncomfortable, they may not be forthcoming with essential information that may be helpful in their treatment or the treatment of any sexual partners, including the chain of partners that may be linked to the patient (eg, partners of partners and so on).


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