Urologists located in Spokane, WA & Spokane Valley, WA
Having blood in your urine, medically known as hematuria, may be a sign of infection, trauma, inflammation, or another serious issue. If you develop hematuria, contact Spokane Urology, which boasts a state-of-the-art office in Spokane and Spokane Valley, Washington, for a comprehensive evaluation. Use the online booking tool, or call the office to book your hematuria evaluation today.
What causes hematuria?
Hematuria is the term for blood in your urine, which occurs because of an underlying issue. With gross hematuria, you can clearly see the blood in your urine, while with microscopic hematuria, blood is detected through microscopic observation. In either case, hematuria may be a sign of any of the following conditions:
- Blood-clotting disorders, like hemophilia
- Bladder, kidney, or prostate infections
- Viral illnesses, such as hepatitis
- Polycystic kidney disease
- Bladder or kidney cancer
- Sickle cell disease
- Trauma or injury
- Urinary stones
While anyone can develop hematuria, your risk is higher if you regularly participate in strenuous exercise, such as distance running, or have a personal or family history of kidney disease. In some cases, sexual activity is to blame.
When should I see a urologist for hematuria?
Anytime you notice blood in your urine — your urine may have a pinkish hue — it’s important to come into Spokane Urology for an exam. Depending on the cause of your hematuria, you may also experience any of the following symptoms, which also warrant a medical evaluation:
- Upper or lower back pain
- Frequent urination
- Painful urination
- Bladder pain
Because hematuria is a symptom of an underlying issue, your dedicated urologist at Spokane Urology conducts comprehensive screenings and expanded laboratory testing to diagnose you thoroughly.
Additionally, if you have serious hematuria issues, your urologist might recommend a computed tomography (CT) scan or cystoscopy to confirm or rule out certain urinary conditions.
How does a urologist treat hematuria?
Your hematuria treatment plan depends on your diagnosis and any symptoms you’re experiencing. Some of the most common hematuria treatments that Spokane Urology offers include:
- Antibiotic medications
- Medications to shrink an enlarged prostate
- Shockwave therapy to break bladder or kidney stones apart
For more serious hematuria issues, such as abnormal growths or cancer, surgery may be necessary to correct the underlying issue. But the caring urologists at Spokane Urology support you every step of the way to ensure you receive the proper treatment.
You can undergo comprehensive hematuria diagnostics and treatments at Spokane Urology. Book your evaluation through the website or call the office to speak with a team member directly.
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