Blood In The Urine (Hematuria)

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When you see blood in your urine, it might not be serious or it can be a sign that something is wrong in your urinary tract. Blood in the urine—known clinically as hematuria—is the presence of red blood cells (RBCs) in the urine. It is classified as either microscopic or gross hematuria. Microscopic hematuria is discovered when your doctor tests your urine for another condition. The urine, when seen with the naked eye, appears to be normal, but examination with a microscope shows a high number of RBCs.

When you can see blood in your urine, it is called gross hematuria. In some cases, it is pinkish or cola color. In others, it is blood that is coming out instead of urine.

There are several causes of hematuria, but some of them are not serious and does not require treatment. For example, performing strenuous exercise may cause hematuria but often goes away in 24 hours. Yet, hematuria could be a sign of a more serious problem that requires medical intervention.

Treatment for hematuria depends on the underlying cause.

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