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What does blood traces in the urinalysis mean?

I had a urine test recently and the result came back that traces of blood was present in the urinalysis. the blood is not physically visible as the colour of the urine is normal. please what could be the cause. i also know that days before the test, i had just had a miscarriage and was bleeding. After some weeks, a repeat was done and the result came back that traces still existed. please note that the repeat test was done about four days after i had my period. please could there be an explanation for this? Also what does RBC S and 20/HPF indicate. Thanks
Asked On : Thu, 11 Nov 2010
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Hi. Welcome to healthcaremagic community forum.
RBC's stands for Red blood cells, the main component of blood cells. More the number of RBC's in the urine visualised under high power field(HPF) microscope, higher the amount of blood in urine. Presence of more than 4 RBC's/HPF without visible blood in the urine is a condition termed as microscopic hematuria.
Microscopic hematuria, the cause are variable and needs a battery of tests for diagnosing. Inspite of the all tests, about 20% individuals who have this conditions, a cause is not known. One of the probably reasons being episode of bleeding.
Since you recently had your periods/abortion (before the tests were done), its possible that the blood that is seen is due it.
Hence my suggestions are get a repeat test after 2 weeks after your period.
If blood is also noticed, then consider getting the other tests done.
Discuss with your doctor - gynaecologist or urologist who will be able to suggest you the tests depending on the physical examination findings.
Hope this message was useful to you. Get back to this forum, if you need any more suggestions
Answered: Fri, 12 Nov 2010
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