Blood can enter urine for a number of reasons. Although often harmless, blood in urine can signal serious conditions like kidney or prostate cancer. If you’re experiencing blood in your urine, Susan Pursell, MD, can help you determine the cause of your condition and get started on the most effective treatment. Dr. Pursell cares for patients at two convenient locations in Amesbury and Danvers, Massachusetts. To schedule your visit at Gaia Urology P.C., book an appointment by phone today.
Blood in the urine is a symptom of a wide range of conditions. Conditions that cause blood in the urine include:
Blood in the urine can also be a sign of kidney, bladder, or prostate cancer. Cancer typically shows no signs in the early stages so it's important to speak with an experienced urologist if you exhibit symptoms like blood in your urine.
The Gaia Urology team uses a number of tests to determine the cause of blood in the urine. Potential tests include:
Your doctor uses physical exams to determine the status of your overall health. The medical team also discusses symptoms and medical and family history during physical exams.
Urine tests are useful in checking for signs of infection and stone-forming substances. Urine testing is also used to detect microscopic blood in the urine. Multiple urine tests may be required to monitor your condition.
Tests like X-rays and ultrasounds can be used to detect the presence of kidney stones, the size of the prostate, and abnormalities in the urinary tract.
Treating blood in urine means treating the underlying condition causing it. After your examination, Dr. Pursell uses your diagnosis to determine the best treatment.
If your condition is caused by an infection, antibiotics are used to effectively treat your condition and clear blood from the urine. Issues like an enlarged prostate are often treated with medications that shrink the prostate, while issues like kidney stones often clear up on their own.
Your treatment and recovery depend on your diagnosis. To schedule your visit with the Gaia Urology team, book an appointment by phone today.