Midtown Urology Associates
Urologists located in Austin, TX
Hematuria, or the presence of blood in your urine, is an indication that something may be wrong with your health. There are numerous causes for this condition, but also numerous treatment options. At Midtown Urology Associates, men and women from the greater Austin, Texas area have access to highly-trained specialists like Dr. Michael Trotter and Andrew Barger, APRN, who can diagnose and treat the cause of hematuria. To schedule an appointment, call the office or use the simple online scheduling tool today.
Hematuria Q & A
What is hematuria, and how is it diagnosed?
Hematuria is simply the presence of blood in your urine. In some cases, you can visually detect the condition because your urine is tinged with a red, pink, or brown color.
However, blood in urine is often impossible to detect with the naked eye. That’s why urinalysis is such an essential part of a basic health screening. Using a dipstick test or examining a urine sample with a microscope are both common ways for your doctor to detect blood cells in your urine.
If blood appears in your urine, your doctor at Midtown Urology Associates uses additional testing methods to determine the cause. They choose the best screening options based on your overall health and medical history. These diagnostic options include:
- Blood tests
- Computed tomography (CT) scan
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Kidney biopsy or discussion with a nephrologist
The results of your screening provide the information needed to create your customized treatment plan. Your doctor at Midtown Urology Associates sits down with you and reviews the available treatment options so that you can make an informed decision.
What are some common causes of hematuria?
The presence of blood in your urine can occur for several reasons. Some are benign, while others indicate a severe medical condition.
Some of the less urgent causes of hematuria include:
- Vigorous exercise
- Minor infection in the prostate, bladder, or kidney
- Minor trauma
- Sexual activity
Some of the more severe causes of hematuria include:
- Serious infection or inflammation of the bladder, kidney, urethra or prostate
- Sickle-cell disease
- Stones in the kidney or bladder
- Blood clotting disorder
- Polycystic kidney disease
- Cancer of the kidney or bladder
Am I likely to develop hematuria?
Anyone can develop hematuria, but certain conditions increase your chances of having blood present in your urine. If you experience any of the following issues, be sure to schedule routine physical exams to check for hematuria:
- Enlarged prostate
- Family history of kidney disease
- Disease in one or more organs
- Presence or history of urinary stones
- Bacterial or viral infection
The best way to combat many types of disease is through active preventive measures. Physical exams are part of that process and are the first line of defense in maintaining optimal health.
If you are concerned about hematuria, make an appointment over the phone or online with Midtown Urology Associates at your earliest convenience.
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