- Red urine:
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During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Red urine. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.
It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.
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Why: can determine if acute or chronic.
Why: Red urine usually indicates blood in the urine. Jaundice more typically causes dark brown urine.
Why: Redness in the first part of the urine stream suggests blood in the urine from a urethral or Prostatic lesion, while redness in the terminal part of the urine stream suggests bleeding from the bladder. Redness throughout the entire urine stream has no localizing features.
Why: e.g. joggers and athletes engaged in very vigorous exercise can develop transient blood in the urine.
Why: if neonate or preschool age child must investigate for vesicoureteric reflux if urinary tract infection is diagnosed as it can lead to scarring of kidneys, high blood pressure and chronic renal failure. Urinary tract infections in infants and very young children may be associated with fever, vomiting, diarrhea and failure to thrive.
Why: if male should investigate for chronic prostatitis.
Why: pregnant women have a higher chance of urinary tract infections and it is important to treat them as they can lead to pyelonephritis and higher chance of developing high blood pressure in pregnancy and higher chance of delivering a low birth weight baby.
Why: e.g. some medical conditions may cause jaundice including hemolytic anemia, gallstones, cancer of the pancreas, cancer of the bile duct, strictures of the bile duct, hepatitis, cirrhosis of the liver and congestive cardiac failure.
Why: Radiation cystitis can cause massive blood in the urine.
Why: e.g. anticoagulants (such as warfarin) and cyclophosphamide may cause blood in the urine; many medications may cause jaundice including isoniazid, methyldopa, halothane, ketoconazole, niacin, nitrofurantoin, disulfiram, rifampin, testosterone, propylthiouracil, oral contraceptives, mercury.
Why: To determine risk of sexually acquired urethritis which may cause blood in the urine. Will also determine risk of hepatitis B infection that can cause jaundice.
Why: increase the risk of hepatitis B and hepatitis C infection that can cause jaundice and dark urine.
Why: Large amounts of beetroot, red lollies or berries in diet can cause red discoloration of urine.
Why: Recent overseas travel may suggest bilharzias or other parasites.
Why: associated with blood in the urine suggests renal stones (most likely), renal embolism, kidney contusion (bruising from trauma), kidney laceration, glomerulonephritis, renal cancer or polycystic kidneys. If abdominal pain is associated with jaundice, this suggests common duct stones, sclerosing cholangitis, pancreatic cancer, bile duct cancer, pancreatitis, viral or alcoholic hepatitis.
Why: suggests a bladder stone, prostatic disease, urinary tract infection or renal infarction. If blood in the urine is painless, this may suggest urinary tract infection or trauma, tumors or polycystic kidneys.
Why: associated with blood in the urine suggests pyelonephritis (most likely), lupus erythematosus, infective endocarditis with emboli to kidneys. Fever associated with jaundice may suggest cholangitis, viral hepatitis, pancreatitis or severe alcoholic hepatitis.
Why: occurs with obstructive or cholestatic type jaundice such as gallstones, cancer of the pancreas, cancer of the bile duct, strictures of the bile duct, some medications, recurrent jaundice of pregnancy.
Why: e.g. pain and burning with urination, urinary frequency, blood in urine in severe cases, offensive smell to urine.
Why: e.g. symptoms as for urinary tract loin and also loin pain, fever, chills, nausea.
Why: e.g. slow weak urine stream, terminal dribbling of urine - may suggest cause of red urine is blood from the rupture of enlarged prostatic veins due to prostatic enlargement.
Why: e.g. intense pain in loin radiating down to groin, cloudy urine due to blood in the urine.
Why: e.g. burning sensation with passing urine, penile discharge or leakage may be due to gonorrhea, chlamydia, ureaplasma and other organisms.
Why: e.g. extensive skin bruising, bleeding gums, bleeding nose, heavy menstrual periods, rectal bleeding and painful swollen joints.
Why: e.g. fever, malaise, tiredness, Raynaud's syndrome, butterfly shaped facial rash.
Why: Symptoms of anemia, malaise, susceptibility to infections (such as sore throat, mouth ulceration and chest infections), easy bruising, gum enlargement.
The following list of conditions have 'Red urine' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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