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What causes blood in urine?

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Posted on Wed, 18 Jan 2017
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (57 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
different possible causes

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

There are different possible causes for blood in the urine.

Some of the more common causes include : (1) infection of any aspect of the urinary tract- bladder, urethra, prostate, kidneys, ureter

(2)enlarged prostate - this can be due to a benign (non cancer) or malignant cause. Benign causes are a lot more common

(3)stone in the urinary tract- in most cases however, this is a associated with pain

(4)side effect of medication such as aspirin or any member of the NSAID family (ibuprofen, naproxen) or an anti coagulant eg warfarin
These meds can cause bleeding

(5)bleeding disorder

(6)trauma

(7)cysts or other mass in the kidneys

(8)there are certain diseases specific to the kidneys called glomerulonephritis which is essentially inflammation of a certain part of the kidneys called the glomerulus

(9)strenuous exercise

(10) in some persons, the cause is not found

To find the cause, you would need to consider seeing your doctor for an assessment.
This should include history of any symptoms, physical examination, urine analysis and possibly imaging such as ultrasound of the urinary tract.

Treatment would depend on the cause found.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions

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What causes blood in urine?

Brief Answer: different possible causes Detailed Answer: HI, thanks for using healthcare magic There are different possible causes for blood in the urine. Some of the more common causes include : (1) infection of any aspect of the urinary tract- bladder, urethra, prostate, kidneys, ureter (2)enlarged prostate - this can be due to a benign (non cancer) or malignant cause. Benign causes are a lot more common (3)stone in the urinary tract- in most cases however, this is a associated with pain (4)side effect of medication such as aspirin or any member of the NSAID family (ibuprofen, naproxen) or an anti coagulant eg warfarin These meds can cause bleeding (5)bleeding disorder (6)trauma (7)cysts or other mass in the kidneys (8)there are certain diseases specific to the kidneys called glomerulonephritis which is essentially inflammation of a certain part of the kidneys called the glomerulus (9)strenuous exercise (10) in some persons, the cause is not found To find the cause, you would need to consider seeing your doctor for an assessment. This should include history of any symptoms, physical examination, urine analysis and possibly imaging such as ultrasound of the urinary tract. Treatment would depend on the cause found. I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions