What is Hematuria?
Blood in the urine is a common problem evaluated by Dr. Steinberg. If a patient sees blood upon urinating (Gross Hematuria) or another physician detects microscopic red blood cells on a routine urinalysis (Microscopic Hematuria), this may indicate an underlying condition such as an infection, kidney stone or potentially a tumor and requires further evaluation. Diagnostic tests are the first step in understanding the cause of the blood so that an appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan can be formulated.
What causes Hematuria?
A small amount of blood in the urine may be due to a wide variety of causes including “leaky” kidneys, kidney stones, infections, trauma and cancer.
How is Hematuria Diagnosed?
Urinalysis - This is a simple test performed in the office to determine if there is blood in the urine, which can be a sign of bladder cancer.
Urine Cytology and Urovysion - These are routine urine tests which the patient may perform at home and bring back to the office. Dr. Steinberg will provide a special urine collection kit which the patient will return after collecting the first morning urine for three days in a row. The urine samples are then sent to a pathology lab for analysis.
Ultrasound Tests - Ultrasounds tests of the kidneys and bladder may be performed in the office to look for kidney stones, blockage of the kidneys or abnormal growths which could be causing blood in the urine.
Cystoscopy - Cystoscopy is typically an office procedure performed with local anesthetic (lidocaine jelly) by Dr. Steinberg to examine the lining of your bladder and the tube that carries urine out of your body (urethra). A flexible tube equipped with a lens is inserted into your urethra and slowly advanced into your bladder. The bladder is examined for stones and abnormalities that could be causing blood in the urine. No preparation is required for cystoscopy, there are no restrictions afterwards and the procedure requires only 5 minutes to perform.
If you are experiencing Blood in your urine, contact Dr. Steinberg at his Milford office at (508) 473-6333 to schedule an evaluation.