Is hematuria (blood in urine) a sign of kidney problems?
Question of a reader:
Recently, my urine turned dark red, a bit like hematuria. Is it because of my long-term medication resulting damages to kidneys?
Hematuria may be due to problems related to urinary system, such as bladder inflammation, chronic kidney disease, or kidney stones.
Incorrect use of drugs (pain medications or steroids) over a long period of time, high blood pressure and high blood sugar can also cause nephropathy, resulting in hematuria.
In addition, some drugs may also cause urine discoloration, such as Rifampicin, Levodopa, Senna, and Metronidazole. Urine analysis tests can help doctor to identify the cause of urine discoloration and start early treatment.