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Increase in RBC count in blood. Cause and treatment required?

hi my husbands rbc count in blood has increased from past one month...he was urinating pinkish red but now his urine is pale yellow and his recent routine urine test showed the rbc count as 10 to 15 ...can some one suggest me how serious it is what might be the cause for it and what test are prefered...he also feel slight pain in his lower back at times....he uses hypertension pills regularly...please suggest help.
Mon, 18 Jun 2012
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OBGYN 's  Response
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Presence of 10-15 RBCs in the urine is suggestive of a urinary tract infection or a urinary calculus. You need to have a urine culture and an ultrasound scan to detect the exact cause. The treatment will depend on the cause detected.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.
Dr. Rakhi Tayal
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Pathologist and Microbiologist Dr. Anju Choudhary's  Response
Hi safromoin, you are rightly concerned aboout your husbands condition,. blood in urine can be due to just some urine infection or could also be due to something more serious pertaining to the kidney or the bladder or due to any systemic condition. You need to get your husbands complete blood including renal profile and urine work up done to find out the cause of the blood in urine. An ultrasound of the abdomen and kidney or xray KUB may also be requied . Don't get worked up with thelist of tests but these will only help you to pinpoint the cause and accordingly guide you about the severety of the situation. A urine cytological examination may also be useful. It is best to take the guidence of your family physician once your priliminary blood and urine reports cooome. Take care!
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