Hematuria Specialist

Jenelle E. Foote, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Urologist located in Atlanta, GA

Seeing blood in your urine can be scary, but expert urologist Dr. Jenelle Foote can pinpoint the cause and offer treatment at Midtown Urology in Atlanta, Georgia. Although it’s harmless in many cases, hematuria can be a sign of a serious disorder. If you see blood in your urine, call or book an appointment online right away.

Hematuria Q & A

What is hematuria?

Hematuria means there’s blood in your urine. The blood may be visible enough for you to see it, or it may only be noticeable under a microscope.

Many factors can lead to blood in your urine, most of which aren’t dangerous. However, bloody urine may be a symptom of a serious underlying condition, like kidney disease or cancer. It’s crucial to schedule an appointment with Dr. Foote as soon as you notice blood in your urine.

What are the symptoms of hematuria?

Experiencing bloody urine without any other accompanying symptoms is common. The bleeding often doesn’t cause pain, and very little blood can discolor your urine. Bloody urine may appear as pink, red, or the color of cola.

What causes blood in your urine?

Blood may leak into your urine from your kidneys or another part of your urinary tract. Many conditions can lead to hematuria, including:

  • Urinary tract infection
  • Kidney infection
  • Kidney stones
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Kidney disease
  • Cancer of the kidney, bladder, or prostate
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Injury or trauma to the kidney
  • Hepatitis
  • Sickle cell disease

Who is at risk of hematuria?

Almost anyone can have blood in their urine, including children. Some factors may increase your risk, such as:

  • Taking certain medications, such as blood thinners
  • Doing vigorous exercise
  • Having an enlarged prostate
  • Having a family history of kidney disease

How do you diagnose and treat hematuria?

Dr. Foote begins with a comprehensive physical exam and a review of your medical history. To diagnose the cause of your hematuria, she may collect a blood and urine sample for lab analysis.

She may also perform a procedure called cystoscopy, which involves viewing the inside of your urethra and bladder through a hollow tube with a lens. Depending on your unique situation, she may require additional tests, such as a biopsy, CT scan, or MRI.

Then, she develops a treatment plan based on the particular cause of your hematuria. This may include:

  • Antibiotics to clear up an infection
  • Medications to reduce an enlarged prostate
  • Ultrasound therapy to treat bladder or kidney stones

If there’s no underlying cause of your hematuria, you likely won’t need treatment as the issue should resolve on its own.

If you have blood in your urine, call Dr. Foote or book an appointment online as soon as possible.

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