Hematuria (Blood in the Urine)

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Treatment for Hematuria in Metro Atlanta

Hematuria is a medical term that means there is blood in your urine. It’s important because it can be a sign of an underlying health problem. Here’s a simple explanation of hematuria:

Types of Hematuria

  • Gross Hematuria: This is when you can see blood in your urine, making it pink, red, or brown in color.
  • Microscopic Hematuria: In this type, you can’t see blood in your urine with the naked eye, but it can be detected under a microscope.

Diagnostic Tests

Hematuria can occur for various reasons, including:

  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs): Infections in your bladder, urethra, or kidneys can lead to blood in the urine.
  • Kidney Stones: Small, hard mineral deposits in the kidneys can damage tissues and cause bleeding.
  • Injury: A blow or injury to the kidneys, bladder, or any part of the urinary tract can result in hematuria.
  • Medications: Some medications can irritate the urinary tract and cause bleeding.
  • Enlarged Prostate: In men, an enlarged prostate can sometimes lead to hematuria.
  • Cancer: In some cases, hematuria can be a sign of bladder, kidney, or prostate cancer.

Treatment Options

Importance of Work-Up: A work-up is a series of medical tests and evaluations done by a healthcare provider to determine the cause of hematuria. It’s important for several reasons:

  • Identifying Underlying Conditions: Hematuria can be a symptom of serious medical conditions like cancer or kidney disease. Finding the cause early can lead to more effective treatment.
  • Monitoring Health: Regular work-ups can help monitor your urinary health and catch problems before they become severe.
  • Peace of Mind: Knowing the cause of your hematuria can provide peace of mind and reduce anxiety about your health.
  • Treatment Planning: Once the cause is known, your doctor can develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific condition.

If you notice blood in your urine, it’s essential to see a healthcare provider for a proper evaluation. They will perform tests such as urine analysis, imaging studies, and possibly a cystoscopy (a procedure to look inside your bladder) to determine the cause of hematuria and recommend appropriate treatment or further testing if needed. Remember that while hematuria can be a cause for concern, many cases have benign causes that are easily treatable. Call our office to schedule a consultation at (678) 321-7227.

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