The presence of blood in your urine is not only alarming; it can indicate a serious condition that needs treatment. Board-certified urologists Dr. Erin McCormick and Dr. Michael Finger can help diagnose and treat blood in the urine, or hematuria. If you live in Harlingen, Texas or around the Rio Grande Valley, call McCormick | Finger Urology for an appointment or book online today.
Blood in the urine may turn your stream bright red. Other symptoms include:
Blood in the urine may show up amid other symptoms, such as aches and pains in your back or belly.
Any number of issues can cause blood in the urine — and some are more serious than others. They include:
In rare cases, extremely strenuous exercise can lead to hematuria, possibly caused by bladder trauma, dehydration, or a sudden breakdown of red blood cells.
In some cases, the cause cannot be pinpointed. However, Dr. Finger and Dr. McCormick do have you undergo several tests, including a physical exam and standard urine tests to look for the presence of an infection or minerals that cause stones. They’ll review any accompanying symptoms, such as abdominal pain and fever, too. They also test your kidney function and blood pressure.
They might also order imaging tests, such as MRIs and CT scans, and you may also undergo a cystoscopy, which involves the insertion of a tiny camera into your bladder to check for signs of disease.
Treatment depends on the determined cause of blood in your urine. Infections may be treated with antibiotics. An enlarged prostate can be addressed with medications or Prostiva® radiofrequency therapy to try to shrink the prostate. Other therapies appropriate to cancer, kidney disease, or stones include surgery.
If the doctors don’t find a direct cause, you will undergo regular monitoring and follow-up tests, especially if you’re at risk of developing cancer due to family history or tobacco use. In most cases, it’s not an issue if no specific cause is found and the presence of blood goes away on its own.
If you have indications that blood is present in your urine, call the office of McCormick | Finger Urology or book an immediate appointment online.