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Blood in the Urine
(Hematuria)

Blood in Urine Facts

  • Blood in the urine is medically referred to as hematuria.
  • Hematuria may be visible with the naked eye (gross hematuria) or identified on microscopic urinalysis (microscopic hematuria).
  • Hematuria may be caused by many conditions, and not all causes of hematuria are serious.
  • Strenuous exercise and certain medications can cause hematuria.
  • Kidney stones, urinary tract infections, kidney disease, blood diseases, and some cancers are all known causes of blood in the urine.
  • Blood in the urine should always be evaluated by a doctor.
  • Blood in the urine may occur on its own or may accompany other symptoms.
  • Urinalysis, blood tests, cystoscopy, and imaging tests are used to diagnose the cause of blood in the urine.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/19/2015

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