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Blood in urine, prescribed Cipro, normal CAT scan. Why symptoms of UTI due to broken blood vessel?

My son is 21, and a marathon runner. He completed a marathon 3 weeks ago. 9 days afterwards, he went to the ER with intensely bloody urine (as he described it, he was peeing blood, not urine). Late stream blood, elevated leukocyte esterases, other bladder/ UTI symptoms. ER doc prescribed Cipro and sent him to student health services (he s a college student)--they concurred, but also made an appointment with a urologist , whom he saw today. He is still peeing blood, though not volumes--no pain. No kidney problems on CAT scan. Doc told him it is likely a broken blood vessel & scheduled a cytoscopy. Why would he have sympotoms of a UTI from a broken blood vessel? Are the 2 related? Why a broken blood vessel in the first place, and why (if related to marathon) 9 days later?
Asked On : Fri, 26 Oct 2012
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Urologist 's  Response

Welcome to HCM.
It is most probably UTI.
Since he has been adequately treated, there should not be anything of concern.
Cystoscopy is part of the evaluation only.
All your questions are pertinent, but unfortunately there are more questions in medicine than answers---


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