If you notice blood in your pee, it is important to see a doctor as it could be a sign of something serious. However, you should try not to worry too much while you are having investigations. One explanation may be that you have a simple urinary tract infection that can easily be treated. The doctor may prescribe antibiotics right away to try and clear the infection. In some cases, additional haematuria investigations may be needed to check for possible causes.
Who Might Need Further Tests?
Blood in the urine could be caused by kidney stones, kidney damage or certain forms of cancer such as bladder cancer and kidney cancer. If your doctor suspects such as cause, you may need to see a specialist for additional tests, such as an ultrasound or cystoscopy.
You are most likely to need further haematuria investigations if:
- You are over the age of 50
- You have seen blood in the urine, even just once
- You don’t have an infection or antibiotics don’t help
- The blood has reappeared after going away
- You frequently have urinary tract infections
- You have other symptoms such as pain or difficulty urinating, or your symptoms are severe
- Tests show high or increasing levels of protein in your urine or there are other signs of kidney problems
- You have high blood pressure which could be affecting your kidneys
- A lump has been found in your abdomen during a physical exam or scan
Waiting for Your Test Results
Being referred to a specialist for more haematuria investigations can be worrying, but it is important to find out what is wrong. You will only be able to get the treatment you need once your doctor has diagnosed the problem. If you are feeling anxious, you can always talk to your specialist. He will be able to explain the tests, why they are needed, and what the results mean. It can also help to talk to friends or family about your concerns and to ask for help when you need it