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Gross Hematuria



Gross Hematuria Causes


In hematuria, the kidneys — or other parts of the urinary tract — allow blood cells to leak into urine. A number of problems can cause this leakage, including: urinary tract infections; kidney infections; bladder or kidney stones; enlarged prostate; kidney disease; cancer; inherited disorders; kidney injury; medications; and strenuous exercise.


Gross Hematuria Definition


Gross hematuria is in contrast to microhematuria in which the blood is visible only under a microscope: there is so little blood that it is difficult to be seen without magnification.


Gross Hematuria Diagnosis


A medical history and physical exam play a key role in searching for the cause of urinary bleeding, as do urine tests. Even if the bleeding was first discovered through urinalysis, the patient is likely to have another test to see if the urine still contains red blood cells. Hematuria that occurs just once typically doesn't need further evaluation.


Gross Hematuria Symptoms and Signs


The only visible sign of hematuria is pink, red or cola-colored urine, which is the result of the presence of red blood cells. It takes very little blood to produce red urine, and the bleeding typically isn't painful. Bloody urine often happens without other signs or symptoms.


Gross Hematuria Treatment


Many conditions can lead to blood in the urine. Some of these have no medical significance and do not need treatment. They tpically go away on their own. Others can be serious and need immediate treatment.


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