Hematuria is simply the presence of blood (specifically red blood cells) in urine. It may be an indicator of severe urinary tract infection, kidney stones or several other urinary problems. Most causes are not life threatening, but a physician should be consulted right away.
- Urine appears red or “cola” colored
- Groin pain or painful urination
- Chills and fever
Who is at risk?
Affects women aged 24-54 most frequently. In men it most typically indicates the presence of kidney stones.
A physician will want a urine sample to verify the presence of red blood cells, and to detect other elements that could indicate kidney disease. Treatment will vary depending on the results of analysis. Your evaluation may include a visit to an urologist if the source of blood is not immediately obvious.
Emergency Warning Signs: When should I see a doctor?
The presence of blood in the urine is reason to consult a physician right away, even if it happens only once.
Treatment for Hematuria is available now at Omni-Med in Florham Park, NJ.
For more information on Hematuria, see the following websites:
Hematuria Overview from the Urology Channel website
National Kidney and Urologic Diseases by Information Clearinghouse
MedicineNet Urinary Tract Diagram on Hematuria Diagnosis
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