Bladder Symptoms and Gross Hematuria
Bladder symptoms and gross hematuria, or visible signs of blood in urine, can indicate the presence of an underlying urinary condition. The color of your urine can vary without you having a medical issue. In women, blood from a menstrual cycle can mix with the urine during urination. One day your urine can be clear and water-like and another day it can be a dark amber color. Sometimes your urine may look red, blue or green in color. The changes in urine color and increased cloudiness can indicate your level of hydration, the types of foods that you have eaten, or medications you have taken.
Bladder symptoms and gross hematuria should not be overlooked, however. Sometimes bloody urine appears due to a bladder tumor or urinary tract infection. Bladder tumors may bleed and the cancer bladder invasion my grow down and spread throughout the bladder wall if not caught in time. When you have a bladder infection because of bacteria that has entered the urinary tract, you could suffer from an inflamed bladder that will become irritated and create a buildup of red blood cells that will be released into the urine.
Red urine or red specks in the urine could also be signs of blood in the urinary tract because of a kidney stone. As kidney stones pass through the urinary tract, they can scrape against the walls of the kidneys, ureters, bladders, and urethra and cause bleeding.
A bladder stone is similar to a kidney stone in that it is formed by minerals that crystallize in the urine when the urine becomes concentrated. This is usually the result of an enlarged prostate, damage to a nerve, or urinary tract infections that reoccur. Bladder stones that are small can pass in the urine with little or no symptoms, however large bladder stones can cause obstruction with abdominal pain and blood in urine.
Bladder symptoms and gross hematuria should not be overlooked. While gross hematuria can be seen with the naked eye, conversely microscopic hematuria, or microhematuria for short, are tiny traces of blood that can only be seen under a microscope. Microhematuria is normally detected through roUTIne urinalysis. However, just because the traces of blood in urine are small, that does not mean that the problem causing the microscopic hematuria is small. Any indication of a urinary problem, whether it is a symptom that you can see or feel or something that is detected on a diagnostic test or medical exam, needs a proper evaluation and diagnosis by or Ivy League urologist Dr. Fernando Bianco and our Chief of Urology at Palmetto Hospital and founder of Urology Specialists Dr. Edward Gheiler.