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Glossary for Benign familial hematuria

  • Alport Syndrome: A rare hereditary disorder involving the progressive deterioration of parts of the kidney resulting in chronic kidney disease.
  • Blood in urine: Hematuria is blood in the urine.
  • Cerebrovascular accident: Occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted and results in cell injury and death.
  • Genetic Disease: Any disease that is handed down to oneself through the chromosomes of ones parents
  • IgA nephropathy: A rare disorder where kidney inflammation leads to a build up of the antibody (IgA) in the kidney which results in the characteristic symptom of blood in the urine.
  • Metabolic disorders: Disorders that affect the metabolic system in human
  • Microscopic hematuria: microscopic hematuria means presence of red blood cells in urine, but which can be seen only microscopically
  • Purpura: Various bruising conditions where small blood vessels hemorrhage
  • Thrombocytopenia: Decreased platelets in the blood
  • Urinary system conditions: Medical conditions affecting urination, urinary organs or the urinary system.


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