Gross Hematuria Recurrence
Gross hematuria recurrence can happen from multiple kidney conditions. Dehydration is one of the main causes of kidney stones. When you don’t drink enough water or fluids, the minerals in your urine can stick together and form stones. Often kidney stones cause hematuria, and sometimes blood clots in urine, if they scrape against the walls of the urinary tract as they pass through your system. Blood from the kidneys and cloudy urine could indicate a kidney infection. Advanced kidney cancer is another one of the causes of blood in the urine.
Gross hematuria recurrence is also common among patients with repetitive (chronic) urinary tract infections (UTIs). A urinary tract infection is one of the most common infections among adults; a urinary tract infection in women occurs almost fives as often as a urinary tract infection in men because of the female anatomy. Children with abdominal pain that is accompanied by painful or frequent urination should be tested for a UTI as well.
A UTI happens when bacteria enters the urinary tract and multiplies. It can be located in the urethra (urethritis), the bladder (cystitis), or the kidneys (pyelonephritis). Hematuria, or bloody urine, can develop due to the inflammation and irritation of the urinary tract caused by the infection remaining in the urine. The blood could be visible (gross hematuria) or unseen (microscopic hematuria.)
Urinary infection treatment usually consists of urinary tract infection antibiotics to fight off the infection. Depending on the strand of bacteria, our doctors will prescribe medication to treat the urinary tract infection or suggest a urinary tract infection over the counter treatment.
Urinary bleeding is a serious symptom that should not be ignored. Hematuria that is microscopic is detected through a urinalysis or a series of pathology examinations. These tests can be repeated to see if the blood is still in your urine after several weeks. However, hematuria that is gross should be evaluated immediately to see the underlying blood in urine causes. Our urologists will order the necessary diagnostic tests and take notes of your complete medical and family history. These tests could include a dipstick test, urinalysis, culture/sensitivity test, cytology to search for cancer cells in the urine, and/or a cystoscopy that examines the bladder through the urethra.
Gross hematuria recurrence is one of the more serious urinary symptoms that should be evaluated right away. If you experience an acute or first time occurrence, of this symptom, you may want to think of medications you have taken, foods you have eaten, or injuries you have suffered like a bruised kidney that could be the reason for discolored urine. If, however, the hematuria is something that is recurring and becomes a chronic condition, then our doctors need to perform the proper tests to find the source of the blood.