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Hematuria occurs when blood appears in a person’s urine. This may or may not be a serious
condition, but nevertheless usually requires an expert diagnosis to determine the cause and
treatment guidelines for a person.

What is Hematuria?

Hematuria is the scientific name for the condition in which blood appears in the urine. People can have the disorder without seeing actual blood in their urine (a condition called microscopic hematuria) or it might be more obvious due to the color of the urine (gross hematuria).

Blood is filtered through the kidneys continuously throughout a person’s life. The kidneys process over 120 quarts of blood per day, resulting in the production of 1 to 2 quarts of urine that contains the waste products the body regularly puts out. The urine flows through an organ called the urethra from the bladder where this waste fluid is stored. When it’s discolored, it usually means something is off or seriously wrong with the kidneys, bladder, urethra, or other part of the endocrine system.

Hematuria is a critical symptom that might indicate kidney disease or failure as well as other conditions that might be affecting the urinary tract or endocrine system. Blood might be escaping into the urine through kidneys or other parts of the urinary tract.

Causes of Hematuria

Causes of blood being present in the urine can include any of the following conditions:

Part of a treatment plan for hematuria includes taking a full medical history and performing blood work to establish a basis for why the kidneys may not be functioning properly.

Hematuria might also be a symptom of a more widespread, serious illness. This includes conditions such as cancer of the kidney or bladder, widespread inflammation of the kidneys, urethra, bladder, or prostate, blood-clotting disorders, sickle cell anemia, or cystic kidney disease.

Symptoms of Hematuria

You might have hematuria if you have experienced or regularly have the following symptoms:

Diagnosing and Treating Hematuria

When you visit Dr. Tandon, he might suggest urinalysis, physical examination, cystoscopy, blood test, or other tests. Urinary analyses and cystoscopy involve a urinary sample, blood tests will require a blood sample taking, and other tests might be necessary to pinpoint the cause of your hematuria.

Physical examination might be necessary. This might involve a physical exam such as a digital rectal exam for men’s prostates and rectum. Pelvic exams might also be performed for females. Other tests include biopsy of suspected diseased tissue, CT scans, or MRI. These tests tend to focus on the kidneys in order to determine kidney health and function.

Kidney Treatments in North Florida

If you have concerns about your kidney health or any part of the urination process, don’t be ashamed of seeking health from a nephrologist like Dr. Tandon. Dr. Gaurav Tandon is a specialist in kidney and endocrine health who can help you understand your concerns and put you on the path toward better health. Call or contact the Kidney Clinic of North Florida today to schedule your appointment and find a solution to your concerns. 

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Hematuria is the presence of blood in a person’s urine. The two types of hematuria are

Gross Hematuria – when a person can see the blood in his or her urine

Microscopic Hematuria – when a person cannot see the blood in his or her urine, yet it is seen under a microscope.

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