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Hello Corinne,No, it is not a bad news always. There are many diagnosis which have excellent prognosis which causes blood in urine. These are;1) urinary tract infection.2) stone disease3) obstruction of the urinary tract.4) bladder diverticulum.5) benign tumors 6) medical disorders of the kidneys (sickle cell disease). Read the resource; http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/blood-in-urine/DS01013 Urine culture and an ultrasound are the first investigative protocol. Intravenous pyelography, CT scan, cystoscopy, etc may be followed depending on the initial investigative results. The investigation of hematuria begins with a search for bacteruria (bacteria in urine) or pyuria (pus in urine). If either is present, a urine culture should be ordered to confirm urinary tract infection (UTI). In the absence of infection, the next step is to distinguish glomerular and nonglomerular sources of hematuria. Following would be required in step wise fashion; 1) Intravenous pyelography 2) Multidetector CT urography 3) Cystoscopy (camera examination)Please feel free for your follow up questions.
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