Hematuria is when blood is found in the urine. In some cases, this blood will be seen by the naked eye while in others, it is only visible under a microscope. There are many factors that may cause hematuria and some are not serious; for example, too much exercise may cause hematuria.
There are other conditions, however, that are very serious causes of hematuria. Bladder and kidney cancers, chronic or acute bladder infections, tumors, an enlarged prostate, prostate cancer, and other serious conditions are also causes of hematuria.
A urinalysis is the examination of one’s urine and can be used to determine if in fact there is blood in the urine. Blood tests an also be conducted to reveal certain diseases such as kidney disease.
Diagnostic tests for hematuria usually include some type of imaging study of the kidneys, i.e. CT Scan, Sonograms etc. Cystoscopy is an endoscopic exam of the bladder and may be needed for diagnosis as well. Cytology is a pathologic exam of the urine, it may help determine the cause of heamaturia.
Treatment for hematuria depends on what is causing the blood in the urine. If the condition is not serious, then hematuria will go away on its own or can be followed. If the condition is serious, then treatment for that condition will need to be required (for example, treating a kidney disorder or a bladder infection).
North Dallas Urology Associates is available for urinalysis, blood work and other related tests to determine if one has hematuria. To schedule an appointment at our Plano, Richardson and Frisco locations, call 972.612.8037. To schedule an appointment at our McKinney location, call 972.548.8195.
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