Hematuria Specialist

Southland Renal Medical Group -  - Nephrologist

Southland Renal Medical Group

Nephrologists located in the Greater Long Beach and Orange County, CA Area

Seeing blood in your urine, medically referred to as hematuria, can cause a certain level of anxiety. The experienced team at Southland Renal Medical Group, with kidney treatment centers in Long Beach, Downey, Fountain Valley, and Los Alamitos, California, conducts comprehensive examinations to determine the underlying cause of your hematuria and provide the most effective treatment. For an evaluation, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.

Hematuria Q & A

What is hematuria?

Hematuria is a medical term used to describe the presence of blood in your urine. Hematuria is classified by type based on the amount of blood present in your urine, and includes gross hematuria (large amounts of blood) and microscopic hematuria (small amounts of blood).

You may be at risk of hematuria if you take certain medication, such as blood thinners, have an enlarged prostate, or have a family history of kidney disease.

What are the symptoms of hematuria?

The appearance of blood-tinged or pink urine is the most common symptom of hematuria, even if the amount of blood in your urine is small. If you have large blood clots in your urine, you may also experience bladder pain.

If you notice changes in the appearance of your urine, you should have it evaluated right away.

What causes hematuria?

You may develop hematuria from many different causes, some serious and some not. Common causes of hematuria include:

  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Kidney stones
  • Kidney disease
  • Infection in your prostate gland
  • Sexual activity
  • Endometriosis
  • A viral infection that affects your liver, such as hepatitis
  • Bladder or kidney cancer
  • Polycystic kidney disease (PKD)
  • Menstruation

You need a comprehensive evaluation to determine the underlying cause of your hematuria. Your evaluation may include a physical exam and blood and urine tests. You may also need diagnostic imaging, such as an ultrasound, MRI, or CT scan.

How is hematuria treated?

Treatment for your hematuria depends on the underlying cause. If your hematuria is due to an underlying issue with your kidneys, your physician at Southland Renal Medical Group creates a treatment plan for that condition. For example, if your hematuria is due to kidney stones, your physician may provide treatment aimed at helping you clear the stone.

If your hematuria is a sign of kidney disease, your physician can determine the extent of your kidney disease and provide treatment to help slow down the progression with medication and diet modification.

In most cases, hematuria is caused by a treatable underlying health condition. If you have concerns about hematuria, call Southland Renal Medical Group or book an appointment online today.