Blood In Urine Specialist
Urology Of Greater Atlanta
If your urine looks pink or brown, you might have hematuria (blood in the urine). Hematuria is a warning sign of many urological health problems and should always be evaluated by a physician. The team of board-certified urologists at Urology of Greater Atlanta diagnose the cause of hematuria and provide appropriate treatment when necessary. If you think you have blood in your urine, don’t delay — call Urology of Greater Atlanta today or book an appointment online.
What causes hematuria?
Hematuria can stem from problems anywhere in your urinary tract, from your kidneys to your urethra. Some of the most common causes of hematuria include:
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Kidney infections
- Bladder or kidney stones
- Enlarged prostate
- Prostate cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Ureteral and renal pelvis cancer
You can have microscopic or gross hematuria. Microscopic hematuria is only visible under a microscope or detected during urinalysis testing. Gross hematuria is visible to the naked eye. Your urine might look brown, pink, or red.
With so many potential causes of hematuria, it’s critical that you see a member of the team at Urology of Greater Atlanta for expert testing and treatment.
How do you diagnose the cause of hematuria?
Your urologist begins by reviewing your symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history. They feel your abdomen and back for signs of swelling, inflammation, and other abnormalities. They also order lab tests, including blood tests, urinalysis, and urine cultures.
Depending on your lab test results, your doctor might order an ultrasound or a CT scan. Some CT scans are performed with the use of contrast dye to help locate any potential problem areas. Your doctor might also suggest a cystoscopy, in which a tiny camera is inserted into the urethra to pinpoint exactly where the blood is entering the stream.
These tests are performed to identify the cause of your hematuria and rule out serious concerns such as cancer, kidney stones, and infection.
How do you treat hematuria?
Your doctor provides a personalized treatment plan to address the root cause of the blood in your urine. Depending on the underlying condition, your urologist might suggest:
- Lifestyle change
- Treatments to break up kidney stones
- Cancer treatments
You can count on state-of-the-art diagnostics and innovative treatments from the team at Urology of Greater Atlanta. If you have any signs of blood in your urine or other urinary abnormalities, call the office or make an appointment online today for expert care.
Our urologist team operates out of six offices and a surgical center to serve the needs of all Northern Georgia residents.