When blood is present in the urine, it is called hematuria. If the blood is present in quantities large enough to permit it to be seen, it is called gross hematuria. If the blood is only discovered by testing, it is called microscopic hematuria. Blood is not normally present in the urine. If blood is found, your doctor will try to determine the cause.
The commonest cause of blood in the urine is an infection of the urinary tract. There are many other causes. Some of these other causes are particularly common in elderly patients. Anticoagulants (blood thinners) are an example of these other causes.
Important Points in Treatment
The treatment necessary if blood is found in your urine varies with the cause. Some causes of bleeding in the urine are serious, even life-threatening problems. Bleeding should be called to the attention of your doctor and evaluated.
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- You note blood in your urine.