There are a number of reasons for blood being present in the urine (hematuria). Many of these are benign and should not be a cause for distress. However, everyone should be evaluated as it can be an indicator for a more serious issue.
Causes for blood in the urine include the following:
A kidney infection is technically a urinary tract infection and can occur when bacteria enters the urinary tract via the urethra and makes its way to the kidneys where it multiplies.
Urinary bleeding may be a symptom of advanced prostate cancer, bladder cancer or kidney cancer.
Kidney stones and bladder stones are hard, solid crystals of various sizes formed from the salts in urine. Larger stones can be very painful when passed and can cause bleeding in the urinary tract.
As men get older the prostate can enlarge, which can restrict the flow of urine to the urethra. It can also cause blood to pass into the urine.
Urinary bleeding is commonly a symptom of kidney disease, or can be the result of kidney trauma, such as a heavy blow to the organ from sports or an accident.
Very strenuous exercise may result in traces of blood being found in the urine, though it is unsure why.
Dr Arianayagam is a highly skilled urological surgeon who treats cancers and other disorders of the urinary system.
Evaluation includes a check inside the bladder (cystoscopy) where a fine telescope is introduced via the waterpipe (urethra), urine testing looking for abnormal cells and also a scan of the kidneys.
Please contact Dr Arianayagam’s office on 1300 307 990 if you need to be evaluated for blood in the urine.