Hematuria Specialist

Bluewater Urology Associates

Urologists located in Orange Park, FL

There can be several reasons why there’s blood in your urine, so it’s important to consult an expert for a diagnosis. Mary Ann Kenneson, MD, at Bluewater Urology Associates in Orange Park, Florida, is one of the leading urology experts in northeast Florida and offers state-of-the-art care and treatment for conditions like hematuria (blood in urine). If you have hematuria, call Bluewater Urology Associates today or schedule an appointment online.

Hematuria Q & A

Bluewater Urology Associates

What is hematuria (blood in urine)?

Having urine that is pink, brownish, or red is an indication that red blood cells are present.

When you can see that blood is in your urine, either due to urine discoloration or clots, it’s called gross hematuria. Blood that’s found during laboratory testing and is only visible under a microscope is called microscopic hematuria.

What causes hematuria?

Blood can occur in your urine for no apparent cause or due to a variety of conditions, including:

  • Endometriosis
  • Kidney infections
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Kidney disease or injury
  • Kidney or bladder stones
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Strenuous activities like running
  • Some medications like penicillin
  • Kidney, bladder, or prostate cancers
  • Certain conditions like sickle cell anemia

You can have blood or clots in your urine without pain or other symptoms, though, you might have bladder or back pain.

Who’s likely to develop hematuria?

While anyone can have blood in their urine regardless of age, race, or gender, your risk can increase due to:

  • Bacterial or viral infections
  • Being a man over 50 years of age
  • Taking blood-thinning drugs and antibiotics

A family history of kidney stones or disease can also increase your risk of hematuria.

How is hematuria diagnosed?

During your appointment, Dr. Kenneson reviews your medical history, symptoms, and prescription and over-the-counter medication usage. She also conducts a physical examination, checking for pain or tenderness associated with the bladder and kidneys.

In addition to your medical history and physical examination, Dr. Kenneson might request testing that includes:

  • Urinalysis
  • Blood testing
  • Kidney biopsies
  • Digital imaging like CT scans and MRIs
  • Cystoscopy, looking inside the bladder and urethra

To rule out prostate problems in men, Dr. Kenneson might perform a digital rectal examination. In women, pelvic exams look for gynecological issues that could be causing hematuria.

How is hematuria treated?

The treatment of hematuria depends on its cause. If there isn’t a serious cause, no medical treatment is necessary.

As one of the leading urology experts in northeast Florida, Dr. Kenneson offers the most advanced treatments available for a variety of urological conditions that can lead to blood in the urine. Based on your specific diagnosis, Dr. Kenneson works closely with you to explain your condition and the most effective treatment options available.

To learn more about blood in the urine and its causes, call Bluewater Urology Associates or schedule an appointment online.