Hematuria

Hematuria

It’s never normal to find blood in your urine. The presence of blood can signal an underlying health issue and should be checked out. At Urology Partners, we identify the cause of hematuria and create an appropriate treatment plan to address it.

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Most people with microscopic hematuria aren't aware they have it until it's discovered during a routine health exam.

What is hematuria?

“Hematuria” means blood in the urine. Blood that is easily visible in urine is called gross hematuria. Urine may appear pink, red or a dark cola shade because of red blood cells in the urine.

Blood that is invisible to the naked eye but visible under a microscope is known as microscopic hematuria. Usually, individuals with microscopic hematuria are unaware of the condition because there aren’t any other symptoms. In most cases, it is detected when a urine sample is provided during a routine health exam.


What causes blood to be present in urine?

There are many reasons blood could be present in urine. Some causes aren’t serious and include:

  • Monthly menstruation
  • Sexual activity
  • Vigorous exercise
  • Kidney stones
  • Viral illnesses
  • Infections (urinary tract, bladder or prostate)

Other reasons may be related to a more significant health issue, such as:

  • Inflammation of the kidney, urethra, bladder or prostate
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Blood clots
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney cancer

Diagnosing hematuria.

A repeat urine test is usually the first step in determining if blood in the urine may be caused by an underlying health issue. If no blood is found in a second urine sample, then additional testing isn’t needed. If the repeat test contains blood or protein, additional tests will be ordered and may include:

  • Repeat urine test to check for white or red blood cells
  • Blood test to check kidney function
  • Ultrasound, x-ray or CT scan
  • Cystoscopy to view the inside of the bladder
  • Biopsy of a tissue sample from the kidney

How is hematuria treated?

Once the underlying cause for blood in urine is determined, an appropriate treatment plan can be prescribed to address the health issue and clear up hematuria.

Do you have blood in your urine?

Don’t ignore it. Let the experienced physicians at Urology Partners determine if there is an underlying health issue that needs attention.

Call 866-367-8768

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