Hematuria is the presence of red blood cells in your urine.
p>Hematuria is the presence of red blood cells in your urine. There are two types of hematuria: gross, which is visible to the eye; and microscopic, which is visible only under the microscope. Microscopic hematuria is most often discovered as part of a routine medical exam.
Bleeding can occur at any location along the urinary tract. This includes the kidneys, ureter, bladder, prostate (in men) and urethra. Hematuria can indicate an infection, a kidney or bladder stone, or urinary tract cancer. Often no specific cause of hematuria can be found. However, it could be the result of a serious condition, so patients should consult with their doctor.
To determine the cause of hematuria, your doctor may order a series of diagnostic tests such as urinalysis, blood test, kidney imaging such as a computerized tomography (CT) scan or an intravenous pyleogram (IVP), or bladder imaging using a cystoscope to capture images of the inside of the bladder.
The treatment for hematuria depends upon its cause as well as the patient’s condition, symptoms and medical history.