Why is there Blood in my Urine?

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urine test Plano, TX and McKinney, TXTo use the bathroom and notice bright red fluid can be incredibly alarming. This can be especially so if you cannot come up with a good reason for seeing blood in your urine (and who really can?). We imagine that, in such an instance, numerous questions may form all at once. Why is there blood in my urine? Where is it coming from? Are there other symptoms I have missed? It’s normal to wonder what has caused this problem to occur. The best way to find out is to schedule a visit with your Collin County urologist.

If you notice the signs of blood in your urine, such as noticeable darkness or actual specks of blood, we encourage you not to wait. The physicians at Collin County Urology have extensive training and a familiarity with the intricacies of the urinary tract, including the bladder, kidneys, and other organs. Our priority is your health and peace of mind, and we work diligently to uncover the cause of hematuria, or blood in the urine so that we may treat the condition appropriately.

To know how to treat hematuria, it is necessary to find the source of blood cells. Red blood cells may be released from the bladder itself, or the tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder (the ureters) or the bladder onward (the urethra). These are not the only structures that may be involved, though.

Causes of Blood in Urine

Red blood cells may be released into the urine for some reasons.

  • Blood may indicate that bacteria have caused an infection in the urinary tract or the bladder.
  • Blood may come straight from infected kidneys, but would normally be accompanied by fever and noticeable low back pain.
  • Kidney stones may also cause blood to be present in the urine, along with moderate to severe abdominal or pelvic pain.

Many people are aware of these common causes of hematuria. However, this is not a conclusive list. Other potential reasons that blood cells may be present include a benign or malignant tumor somewhere along the urinary tract (bladder included) or even an enlarged prostate. Because treatment is dictated by the cause at hand, it is important to schedule an examination if there is the suspicion of blood in the urine.

We can help you make sense of your urologic health. Call (972) 403-5425.

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