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1 Minute Read: Hematuria Differential Diagnosis

Posted by Mandy Tomlinson on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 @ 11:32 AM

Hematuria (haematuria) is the presence of red blood cells in the urine.  Hematuria is caused by your kidneys allowing blood cells to leak into the urine.  If only a small amount of red blood cells exist in the urine, then the urine color may not change and they may only be visible by using a microscope and this is termed microscopic hematuriaGross hematuria (macroscopic hematuria) is the opposite term, and it can normally be seen that the urine is a different color maybe pink, red or cola-colored.  Urine dipstick testing is highly sensitive for blood but lacks specificity, so to confirm microscopic hematuria or gross hematuria then urine microscopy should be used using a freshly voided midstream urine specimen. 

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Topics: Differential diagnosis, Hematuria, Isabel 1 Minute Read

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