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Question: small amount of blood in urinalysis

 Anonymous - Fri Mar 07, 2003 10:41 pm

please#what does it mean- after urinalysis that there is blood in the urine?
what procedure is involved- is it painful?
what can happen if it is not looked after? thank you
 Dr. Yasser Mokhtar - Fri Mar 07, 2003 10:42 pm

User avatar Dear guest,

Thank you very much for using our website.

Blood in the urine can be caused by many causes. These include:

- General problems. Meaning having a tendency to bleed from any where and urine is a place where you can bleed as any other place and it does not mean that you have any problems with the urinary system.

- Local problems in the urinary system and these are many. The most important ones are:

1. Kidney trauma.
2. Inflammation of the kidney.
3. Kidney stones.
4. Infection in the bladder or the kidney.
5. Tumours (whether benign or malignant) of the kideny or bladder.

According to the age, clinical situation and the symptoms that you might have in addition to having blood in the urine, the doctor chooses which way to go. But the standard is to obtain a kidney function test, an x-ray and/or an ultrasound of the kidney and if the doctor thinks it is necessary to go ahead and do other procedures such as a cystoscopy which going up the urinary system with a scope to take a look at the inside of your bladder and make sure that there is nothing there. All the above mentionned are not painful what so ever except for the poke for the blood draws and for the cystoscopy you will receive a sedative and a pain medicine which both will make you feel rel;ax and you will forget the whole procedure.

Once more thank you very much for choosing our website

Yasser Mokhtar, M.D.

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