Urology specialists refer to the presence of blood in the urine as hematuria. The urine may acquire blood at a few different points, including the kidneys, ureter, bladder, or urethra. Patients who notice visible blood in the urine should be evaluated by a urologist. The urologist will try to determine the underlying cause, which may be sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), physical trauma, viral infections, an enlarged prostate, urinary tract infections, or tumors. Other possible causes include kidney disease, stones, and certain medications.
The urologist can conduct a number of diagnostic tests, including a dipstick evaluation of the urine, cystoscopy, and medical imaging tests. Since hematuria is a symptom of an underlying condition, the patient’s treatment will depend upon the diagnosis. If the cause is not known, then the patient may be referred for follow-up appointments.
If you experience bloody urine, you can call Urology Associates, P.C. right away at 888-656-0667 to schedule an evaluation. In Tennessee, our urology team routinely treats urinary problems and sexual dysfunction.