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Haematuria (Blood in the urine)

Haematuria (Blood in the urine) - What it is

Blood in your urine is termed haematuria. Haematuria may be visible to the naked eye or detectable only on examination of the urine sediment by microscopy (non visible). The source of blood in the urine can come from anywhere along the entire course of the urinary tract.

Hematuria can be a sign of a more serious underlying medical condition. You should consult your family physician or book an appointment to see one of our specialists.

Haematuria (Blood in the urine) - Symptoms

Haematuria (Blood in the urine) - How to prevent?

Haematuria (Blood in the urine) - Causes and Risk Factors

You may or may not have any other symptoms associated with haematuria. These symptoms include lower abdominal or back pain, urinary frequency and urgency, burning pain when passing urine, and fever. There are often no other associated symptoms.

Possible causes of haematuria include:

  • Urinary tract infections
  • Urinary tract stones
  • Kidney diseases
  • Benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH)
  • Cancers of the Kidneys, Bladder and Prostate
  • Previous radiation treatment to the pelvis

Haematuria (Blood in the urine) - Diagnosis

Your doctor will speak to you more to find out more about your symptoms, and in particular if you have any risk factors for urinary tract cancers. A clinical examination will be performed during your consultation.

You may be asked to do a set of initial investigations, which generally include:

  • Urine tests
  • to detect infections and cancer cells
  • Blood tests
  • Kidney function test
  • Prostate specific antigen (PSA) in men
  • Imaging of the urinary tract
  • CT scan
  • Alternatively Ultrasound or MRI scans
  • Cystoscopy (bladder scope)

Your doctor may discuss with you to go for further tests if there are any abnormal findings from the initial investigations.

Haematuria (Blood in the urine) - Treatments

Haematuria (Blood in the urine) - Preparing for surgery

Haematuria (Blood in the urine) - Post-surgery care

Haematuria (Blood in the urine) - Other Information

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