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What is blood in urine (hematuria)?
Hematuria, or blood in the urine, can be either gross (visible) or
microscopic (blood cells only visible through a microscope). Gross hematuria can vary widely in
appearance, from light pink to deep red with clots. Although the amount of
blood in the urine may be different, the types of conditions that can cause
the problem are the same, and require the same kind of workup or evaluation.
People with gross hematuria
will visit their doctor
with this as a primary complaint. People who have microscopic hematuria, on the other hand,
will be unaware of a problem and their condition will most commonly be detected as part of a periodic checkup by a primary-care