What is it?
Blood in the urine can be a concerning symptom for patients. You may see blood tinged urine after going to the bathroom or you may have a physician tell you that a urine test demonstrates “traces” of blood (microscopic hematuria). Either way it is a condition that requires attention and evaluation.
Why does it occur?
Blood in the urine can occur anywhere in the urinary system: this includes the kidneys; ureters (long thin tubes that carry the urine from kidney to bladder); bladder; prostate (in men) and urethra. (image of kidneys bladder and prostate).
Causes of hematuria:
- Kidney stones
- Trauma/Injury to urinary system
- Medical Kidney disease (e.g. diabetes, chronic kidney disease)
- h/o radiation to pelvic area
- Enlarged prostate
How is it evaluated and why?
Your urologist at the AUCNY White Plains -Maple Avenue Division will provide a full evaluation of your hematuria based on your risk factors and health history. This may include: urine testing; radiographic imaging of the kidneys/ureters (CT scan, ultrasound, MRI). cystoscopy-looking in the bladder with a small camera.