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Hematuria - Risks & Causes

Hematuria - Risks & Causes


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Hematuria may be caused by either benign or potentionally more serious conditions. It's important to get an evaluation done by your doctor to rule out potentially serious conditions.

Factors that increase risk of developing hematuria:

  • Inflammatory conditions of the kidney, ureter, or bladder
  • Prostatitis, an infectious or inflammatory condition of the prostate in men
  • An enlarged prostate, which typically occurs with hematuria, whether gross or microscopic, can be caused by benign or more serious conditions. The source of the bleeding is more commonly discovered with gross hematuria.

Common benign conditions causing hematuria:

  • Menstruation
  • Vigorous exercise such as long-distance running
  • Sexual activity
  • Viral illness
  • Trauma
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Certain medications, including aspirin and other pain relievers, blood thinners, and antibiotics

Potential serious causes of hematuria:

  • Cancer of the kidney or bladder

      In men, age 50 or older:

  • Urinary stone disease, including stones in the kidney, ureter or bladder
  • Polycystic kidney disease, a disorder characterized by multiple benign cysts in the kidney
  • Blood clotting disorders, such as hemophilia or sickle cell disease

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