What is Hematuria?

The presence of red blood cells (or simply, blood) in the urine is called hematuria. This is an anomaly because the filters in the kidney do not allow blood to enter the urine. When a person has hematuria, the blood manages to seep into the urine through the kidneys or the other parts of the urinary tract. There are two kinds of hematuria namely-

  • Microscopic hematuria– when the blood present in the urine can be seen only through the microscope
  • Gross hematuria– when the blood in the urine is visible to the naked eye due to the presence of a reddish or reddish-brown tinge.

Causes of Hematuria

  • Urinary tract or kidney infection
  • Kidney stones
  • Tumors
  • Medication
  • Trauma to the kidney
  • Trauma to the ureter or urethra
  • Enlarged prostrate
  • Kidney disease
  • Intense exercise

The most obvious sign, if you have hematuria, is the change in the colour of your urine.If your urine has a reddish or reddish-brown tinge then, it is advisable to see your doctor. It is not always a cause for concern; however, it should not be ignored. Hematuria is not a disease by itself; it may be a sign or a symptom of an underlying disease relating to the urinary tract, the kidneys or the prostrate, as mentioned above.

Your doctor will aim at diagnosing and understanding the reason for the presence of blood in your urine and treat that root cause. After the treatment, a sample of your urine is sent for testing to check for the presence of blood cells. If there are blood cells in your urine, additional tests may be required.

If you doctor has found absolutely no cause for hematuria even after examining test results, then you may be advised to have your urine tested regularly in order to catch any underlying diseases that may crop up.

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