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Blood In My Urine

Dear Dr. Dave and Dr. Dee,

I am a 59-year-old female. What would blood in my urine indicate?


Pink pee

Dear Pink pee,

Brownish, pinkish or reddish pee can indicate blood in the urine, a condition called hematuria. When blood is in the urine but cannot be seen, then it is called microscopic hematuria.

In addition, certain foods could turn urine pink or brown such as beets, berries, or rhubarb.

However, blood in urine is a common problem, which can be caused by a urinary tract infection, injury to the urinary tract or kidney stones. Frequent and painful urination often indicates infection. Severe pain or cramping in your abdomen or back area may indicate a kidney stone. Hematuria can also be caused by more serious conditions such as kidney disease, tumors, or cancer.

The cause for your possible hematuria can only be determined from an evaluation by your physician. It's important to rule out any serious cause and if necessary, start treatment. If blood in the urine is combined with fever and flank pain, then seek care at your local emergency department.