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In healthy men and women, urine does not contain any blood that can be seen with the eye, called "gross blood," nor does it contain red blood cells that can be discovered with the aid of a microscope. The discovery of either gross or microscopic blood in urine is a sure indication of the need to examine and evaluate the patient to discover the cause of this abnormality. The conditions that can lead to either gross or microscopic blood in the urine are many and varied. In adults, a careful history to describe the details of the bloody urine, a physical examination and laboratory studies are the first step in unearthing the cause. Imaging with x-rays, ultrasound, CAT/MRI scans are the next step and will usually discover the cause. In adult women, infection of the bladder or kidneys, urinary stones, and tumors of the urinary bladder, kidneys are the most common causes. In adult men, enlargement and/or infection of the prostate, bladder infection and...
Dear Dr. Motola,
I underwent brachytherapy and HDR treatments for advanced prostate cancer 16 months ago. This past week I've been experiencing off and on bleeding, with some clots, from the penis. I consulted both family doctor and urologist, but they indicated it was probably from my prostate and did not seem concerned. There is no UTI.
Is this a common occurrence? Should we have further testing done; i.e., scope or CT scan? Obviously, I am quite concerned and just trying to reassure myself that this is a possible side effect of the radiation. Thank you.
If you are experiencing hematuria (blood in urine), and especially passing clots in your urine, cystoscopy should definitely be considered. Secondary cancers of the urinary tract have been reported in patients after undergoing radiation therapy. Cystoscopy and an imaging study of the upper urinary tracts will probably be necessary. Talk to your doctor about this course of treatment.
Definition Urine immunofixation is a laboratory technique used to identify proteins in urine. See also: Immunofixation - blood How the test is performed A clean-catch (midstream) urine sample is needed. Men or boys should first wipe clean the head of the penis. Women or girls need to wash the area between the lips of the vagina with soapy water and rinse well. As you start to urinate, allow a small amount to fall into the toilet bowl (this clears the urethra of contaminants). Then, in a clean container, catch about 1 to 2 ounces of urine and remove the container from the urine stream. Give the container to the health care provider or assistant. For an infant, thoroughly wash the area where the urine leaves the body. Open a urine collection bag (a plastic bag with an adhesive paper on one end). For males, place the entire penis in the bag and attach the adhesive to the skin. For females, place the bag over the labia. Diaper as usual over the secured bag. This procedure may take a couple of att...
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