I have blood in my urine. What medical problems could that indicate?

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Question -  I have blood in my urine.  What medical problems could that indicate?


Visible blood in the urine (referred to medically as macroscopic hematuria or gross hematuria) is generally a symptom of injury, inflammation or infection of the urinary tract.

Some of the many causes of hematuria include: cancers of the bladder, kidney and prostate; kidney stones; infection of the urinary tract; trauma to the urinary tract (for example, following an auto accident or fall); impaired blood clotting; and kidney disease.

Because there are a number of potentially serious conditions which can result in hematuria, you definitely should see your personal physician or urologist for a thorough evaluation.