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What Causes Urethral Trauma?

Trauma to the anterior urethra can be caused by straddle injuries—coming down hard on something between your legs, such as a bicycle seat or crossbar, a fence, or playground equipment.

Trauma to the posterior urethra can be caused by pelvic fractures from:

  • Car crashes
  • Crush injuries
  • Falls from very high heights
  • Bullets or knives

For females, urethral injuries can also be caused by sexual assault.