Blood in the Urine
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Blood in the Urine


 

Blood in the urine is itself a symptom rather than a disease. The appearance of the urine is usually not a clue as to the cause.

  • In gross hematuria, the urine appears pinkish, red, or smoky brown (like cola or tea). There may be small blood clots. The amount of blood in the urine does notindicate the seriousness of the condition.


  • In microscopic hematuria, the urine appears normal.

Many people with hematuria have no other symptoms. Other symptoms are related to the underlying cause of the bleeding.

Kidney stones: Not all people with kidney stones have all of these symptoms.

  • Pain, often severe, in the flank, back, or lower abdominal pain that may radiateto the groin area. In men, the pain will often radiate into the scrotum.


  • Nausea and vomiting


  • Usually a normal temperature


  • Frequent urination


  • Burning sensation with urination


  • Restlessness: constant moving around (writhing) to find relief from pain

Urinary tract infection: Symptoms may be similar to those of kidney stones.

  • Pain in lower back, flank, lower abdomen, or groin may be severe but not enough to cause writhing


  • Fever with or without chills


  • More frequent urination


  • Sensation of having to urinate but little urine produced (urgency)


  • Burning sensation or pain with urination


  • Cloudy urine due to pus in the urine1