Hematuria is the medical term for having blood in your urine. Microscopic hematuria is when the blood is not visible to the naked eye. If there’s enough that you can see it, it’s called gross hematuria. Your urine may look pink, brown or dark red. It may also have blood clots in it. 

Most of the time, hematuria isn’t painful – though it can be if blood clots pass through the urethra.

risk factors

Lots of things can cause hematuria. Some are relatively minor:
  • Exercise
  • Inflammation of your urethra, bladder, kidney(s) or prostate gland
  • Sexual activity
  • Menstruation
  • Trauma or injury
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Viruses

Some are more serious:
  • Bladder and kidney cancer 
  • Blood clots and blood-clotting disorders
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Sickle cell disease

services & treatment

If you have blood in your urine, reach out to an Aurora urologist. We’ll start by asking you about your symptoms, doing a physical exam and running diagnostic tests. Once we know what’s causing the problem, your doctor will work with you to figure out the best treatment plan to meet your needs. For example, if your hematuria is due to a urinary tract infection, your urologist may prescribe antibiotics to cure the infection.

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