Hematuria is the presence of red blood cells in the urine, and it is a common condition that may be indicative of other, more serious medical issues. Gross hematuria means the blood is visible to the naked eye, and microscopic hematuria refers to blood in the urine which can only be seen under a microscope. Both kinds of hematuria should be evaluated to determine the underlying cause, which then leads to the appropriate treatment.
Dr. Mark Hong can determine the cause of hematuria and offer effective treatment at our Phoenix, AZ, urological practice. Many times, the cause of hematuria is benign, but it is important to receive a prompt evaluation with a medical professional.
What Causes Hematuria?
A pinkish hue in the urine can be caused due to consumption of foods such as beetroot, as well as certain medications, but a change in urine coloration due to these factors is distinct from blood associated with medical problems. The most common medical causes of hematuria include urinary tract infections or bladder infections, viral diseases such as hepatitis, kidney stones, bladder stones, bladder or prostrate cancer, kidney infections or disease, injury to the kidneys, and benign prostate hyperplasia (in men only). The condition can also be caused by vigorous exercise or sexual activity.