Gross Hematuria Bladder Symptoms
Gross hematuria as a bladder symptom can alert us to several different types of bladder conditions. When blood in the urine is accompanied by other urinary symptoms, such as bladder pain, difficulty with urination, or loss of bladder control, it could help narrow down the number of reasons for the cause of the bleeding. For this reason, it’s important to disclose these symptoms, along with anything in your medical history that could help our urology specialist doctors find and treat the cause of the urinary bleeding.
Gross hematuria is a bladder symptom for cancer of the bladder. Like many abnormal urinary conditions, cancer of the bladder can not only cause blood in the urine but also frequent urination, painful urination, an infection of the urinary tract in the bladder, abdominal pain, or back pain. A bladder cystoscopy is a procedure used to examine the inside of the bladder by inserting a special thin fiber optic magnifying lens through the urethra and into the bladder. Our urologists can then, if needed, extract samples of any suspicious looking tissue to determine if bladder cancer cells are present.
Treatment for bladder cancer may include surgery to remove all or part of the diseased bladder (cystectomy or partial cystectomy). After the procedure a bladder catheter may be inserted to help your body release the urine and remove blood clots to stop them from building up in the bladder.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs), or bladder infections, can cause many other problems besides hematuria. For instance, incontinence (the accidental release of urine) can occur as a result of a UTI. Many people experience bladder control problems, especially older adults. Incontinence in women, especially stress incontinence in women that occurs upon laughing, coughing, or sneezing, often results after pregnancy and could lead to bladder incontinence surgery (urethral bulking and neural implant surgery) to fix a weak bladder or prolapse surgery to lift a dropped bladder. Male urinary incontinence can occur after prostate surgery (prostate incontinence). In addition, an enlarged prostate can block the urethra and weaken bladder muscles, which can not only cause infections, but also bladder diverticuli, a trabeculated bladder, microscopic hematuria, and overflow incontinence (when your bladder doesn't empty completely and then leaks urine later on.)
Gross hematuria is not just a bladder symptom so if you are experiencing bladder discomfort, bladder urgency to urinate, pain of the bladder or frequent urination, call our office today. Even if you are not seeing blood in your urine, these other urinary symptoms may mean you have microscopic hematuria that would be detected in a urine test. Through various tests, our world-class team of doctors can pinpoint the location of the bleeding and offer you the best treatment for your condition.