Hematuria Specialist

San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group, P.L.L.C. -  - Nephrologist

San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group, P.L.L.C.

Nephrologists located in numerous locations in San Antonio, TX, and surrounding Counties

Seeing blood in your urine, known as hematuria, may be alarming, but in most cases, it’s nothing serious. However, you should get yourself checked out. The team of nephrology experts at San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group, P.L.L.C., with offices conveniently located throughout San Antonio and the surrounding communities, can help identify the cause of your hematuria and provide the best treatment. To set up an evaluation, make an appointment by phone.

Hematuria Q & A

What is hematuria?

Hematuria is a medical term used to indicate that you have blood in your urine. The blood can come from anywhere in your urinary tract, including your kidneys.

Hematuria is classified based on the amount of blood found in your urine:

  • Microscopic hematuria: blood can’t be seen with your naked eye and is discovered during a routine urine test
  • Gross hematuria: urine is visibly red

What causes hematuria?

There are a number of potential causes of hematuria, including:

  • Bladder or kidney infection
  • Kidney disease
  • Kidney stones
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Cancer of the prostate, bladder, or kidneys
  • Inherited disorder, such as sickle cell anemia
  • Medications, such as penicillin

Strenuous exercise or an injury may also lead to blood in your urine. If you have hematuria, it’s important to get a medical evaluation as soon as possible.

What are the symptoms of hematuria?

You may not experience any other symptoms with hematuria unless it’s connected to one of the causes, such as a bladder or kidney infection. The primary symptom, which isn’t always present, is simply red or dark urine.

However, red or colored urine isn’t always caused by blood. Eating certain foods with strong pigments, such as beets, may turn your urine pink or red.

What can I expect when I have hematuria?

If the team at San Antonio Kidney Disease Center discovers blood in your urine, they may conduct some tests to determine the cause. Testing might include:

  • Additional urine tests
  • Blood test
  • CT scan, MRI, or ultrasound of the kidney
  • Cystoscopy, a procedure that inserts a small camera through your urethra to view your bladder

In some cases, a kidney biopsy may also be necessary.

If your doctor at San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group can’t identify the cause of your hematuria, you may need to come in for regular check-ups to test your urine.

How is hematuria treated?

Treatment for hematuria depends on the cause. For example, if you have an infection, the team might prescribe an antibiotic, or if you have an enlarged prostate, you may take medication to help decrease the size.

If you have blood in your urine, call the office to receive an evaluation from the kidney experts.