June 14, 2021
Hematuria is the presence of blood in the urine; it can be microscopic, when the urine does not change color, or macroscopic, when it presents a pink or red color with or without clots due to the presence of red blood cells, explains Dr. Luis Miguel Peralta, urologist at Clinica Ricardo Palma. In addition, our specialist mentions that this probable infection is an alert sign of the presence of kidney stones, urological neoplasms and even urogenital tuberculosis. Therefore, an early diagnosis is the key to be able to prevent other anomalies. Next, he gives us information about the causes that originate this disease.
The prevalence of this condition is related to the risk factors of each person. Among them, we have:
If there are no structural or anatomical problems with the kidneys, urinary tract, prostate, or genitals, the causes could be bleeding disorders (such as hemophilia), blood clot in the kidneys, or anticoagulant medicines.
On the other hand, urine can also turn a red color as a result of certain drugs such as the use of antibiotics or anti-inflammatory drugs that can temporarily alter its color without major significance; or by the intake of some foods such as beets, strawberries or carrots.
Gross hematuria often goes away on its own; however, it is important to visit a specialist, in order to identify its origin and begin appropriate treatment.
Dr. Luis Miguel Peralta
Urologist Clínica Ricardo Palma