Hematuria is the medical name for blood in the urine. Although blood may be in the urine for a fairly benign reason, there are also major medical problems that can cause this to happen.
The type of blood that a person can see in their urine is called gross hematuria. Blood in the urine that can only been seen under magnification -- usually during medical testing -- is known as microscopic hematuria. Whether the blood in the urine is discovered by the patient or by the doctor, it warrants further investigation.
Hematuria usually causes the urine to have a pink, orange, reddish, or even light brown appearance. This is due to the red blood cells in the urine. Occasionally, there may also be small blood clots within the urine.
Any time that a person sees blood in their urine, even if it's just a small amount, it's best to contact the team at Urology Associates of South Florida right away. While it's possible for certain foods and medications to turn the urine red, the doctor can quickly tell the difference between real blood and other types of discoloration. In any case where a patient has hematuria, the doctor will work to isolate the cause of the bleeding and treat the condition behind it.
Some of the medical problems that most often cause blood in the urine include:
How is hematuria treated?
The treatment for hematuria depends on the cause of the bleeding. Proper diagnosis is key. Hematuria caused by a urinary tract infection can usually be resolved with antibiotics.
Hematuria caused by kidney stones may be more difficult to treat, and in some cases surgical removal of the stones may be needed. Serious conditions like cancer must be treated aggressively first, and with successful treatment, the odds are good that the blood in the urine will clear up as well.
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