‘Heme’ means blood and ‘uria’ means urine.
Hematuria is the medical term for blood in urine. If you ever notice that your urine is tea-colored, purplish, brownish, pink or red, see your doctor immediately! Unfortunately, this blood is not always visible to the naked eye and must be found through a routine urine test. When examining urine for blood, we pay close attention to the shape of the red blood cells under a microscope. This usually clues us into the cause.
Causes of blood in urine
It can originate from several sites in the urinary tract.
- Protein AND blood points to a problem in the glomerulus or kidney filter, so you’ll probably need a kidney biopsy
- Bladder infection, usually accompanied by pain urinating
- Kidney infection
- Kidney stones
- Kidney cyst rupture
- Vigorous exercise, injury or trauma
- Prostate enlargement or inflammation
- Kidney, prostate or bladder cancer
- Blood thinners
- Sexual activity
Do I have to take any tests for hematuria?
Yes, some tests are required. Here are some of the ones you can expect to take after being diagnosed with hematuria.
May be used as an alternative for pregnant women, children, and those who are allergic or can’t take to contrast dye
A kidney biopsy may be ordered by your doctor if you have both blood and protein in your urine. This can be done as an outpatient procedure. It involves take small piece of kidney tissue by putting a needle through your back. A pathologist then helps us nail a diagnosis.