Blood in the urine (hematuria) occurs when bleeding occurs anywhere along the urinary tract including the kidneys, ureters, bladder or urethra. While some causes are benign, it can also indicate a serious disorder. Visible signs include pink, red, or cola-colored urine, which indicate the presence of red blood cells. Most often the blood in the urine is not visible but only seen with a microscope. Regardless of the degree of blood in the urine an evaluation must be performed. Hematuria is often intermittent and although the bleeding may have appeared to resolved an evaluation is always recommended.
Some causes for hematuria include:
- Urinary tract infections (UTI)
- Kidney infections
- A bladder or kidney stone
- Enlarge prostate
- Kidney disease
- Inherited disorders
- Kidney injury
- Strenuous exercise
In order to determine if serious pathology is present, Dr Scolieri’s evaluation is determined by the science based guidelines established by the American Urological Association.