Visible Haematuria

What Should I Do If I Have Blood In My Urine?

Your GP will normally investigate blood in the urine as a matter of urgency. Most GPs will perform simple, baseline tests. You may be started on antibiotics to treat a presumed infection. However, if the urine test result comes back showing no evidence of infection, you will normally be referred to your local urology department for more detailed investigations.

Causes

  • Bladder Infection
  • Cancers of the bladder, kidney or prostate
  • Stones in the kidneys or bladder
  • Inflammation of the kidneys (nephritis)
  • Urinary tract injuries
  • Blood disorders (e.g. sickle cell disease, clotting disorders, anticoagulant and anti-platelet drugs)

Common Facts About Haematuria

  • The most common cause of blood in the urine is cystitis.
  • Blood in the urine, visible or non-visible, should always be investigated.
  • A one-off finding of a small trace of blood in the urine on routine testing may not be significant.
  • Some drugs (e.g. rifampicin, nitrofurantoin) and food (e.g. beetroot) can turn the urine.