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U.S. News & World Report: What is Hematuria?

By Vanessa Caceres

Seeing blood in your urine or having a doctor tell you that you have blood in your urine can be scary. Blood in your urine, also called hematuria, can be a sign of many types of health issues.

Blood in your urine most often relates to a problem in your urinary tract, which includes your kidneys. Your kidneys are two bean-shaped organs that process waste from the body. Usually, the filters that are part of the kidneys block blood from entering your urine. When you have hematuria, these filters or another part of your urinary tract have leaked blood into the urine.

Hematuria can have many potential causes that relate to your kidneys or other parts of your urinary tract. "It's a very, very long list," says Dr. Bradley Warady, division director for pediatric nephrology at Children's Mercy in Kansas City, Missouri.


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