Blood in the Urine (Haematuria)

What is Haematuria?

Haematuria is the existence of blood in the urine. The presence of these red blood cells can range from being obvious to a microscopic detection in a routine urine sample.

When the urine is visibly red in colour (due to blood being present) this is called gross haematuria and is easily identified. Sometimes blood is present but not visible – this is detected by a urine test and is called microscopic haematuria.

Haematuria can be a sign of serious health conditions, and so any person who experiences haematuria needs further investigation and should see a doctor.

Causes of Haematuria?

Those with gross haematuria may have noticeable discolouration in their urine. This may be a pink, red, or brown colour. Blood in your urine could be from anywhere in the urinary tract – from the kidneys down to the urethra.

  • Kidney (Stones, Infection, Cancer)
  • Prostate (Infection, Cancer)
  • Bladder (Stones, Infection, Cancer)
  • Ureter (Stones, Cancer)
  • Sexual activity
  • Viral illness (a virus that causes liver disease and inflammation of the liver)
  • Trauma (physical injury)
  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
  • Infection in the bladder, kidney or prostate
  • Vigorous exercise
  • Drug treatment

What investigations are available for Haematuria?

Blood in the urine should always be taken seriously. The amount of haematuria does not correlate with the severity of the underlying cause. Anyone with even one episode of blood in the urine should see a doctor.

Here at Highgate Private Hospital, we have London’s leading Consultant Urologists who will assess your individual symptoms and concerns and undertake any diagnostic tests needed to get to the bottom of what is causing the issue. An individual treatment plan will be tailored and agreed with you.

Blood in the Urine (Haematuria) Consultants