Blood in urine may signal kidney stones or tumour — see urologist

Blood in the urine and chron­ic back pain may show kid­ney stones or a tumour, and any­one expe­ri­enc­ing these symp­toms should at once con­sult urol­o­gist.

Dr Lau­rie Blake from The Urol­o­gy Hos­pi­tal, Pre­to­ria, says in about a third of cas­es of blood in urine the rea­sons may be for med­ica­tion, food and drinks or exces­sive exer­cise.

How­ev­er, in most oth­er cas­es, when accom­pa­nied by chron­ic back pain, the patient may expe­ri­ence kid­ney stones or a tumour which need a CT scan or an ultra­sound scan.

More signs of a tumour include loss of appetite, weight loss, fever, extreme fatigue and anaemia.

“The soon­er patients pre­sent­ing these symp­toms con­sult with urol­o­gist the bet­ter, as ear­ly detec­tion of tumours is crit­i­cal,” said Dr Blake.

The kid­neys form part of the uri­nary tract, remove waste, and are just below the rib cage on either side of the spine.

A healthy lifestyle, avoid­ing smok­ing, exer­cis­ing a bal­anced diet, main­tain­ing a healthy weight and drink­ing lots of water may help avoid kid­ney prob­lems.

Dr Blake said kid­ney con­di­tions, includ­ing kid­ney stones and kid­ney or blad­der tumours, are treat­ed at The Urol­o­gy Hos­pi­tal.

Mean­while, chron­ic kid­ney dis­ease kills over a mil­lion peo­ple world­wide accord­ing to lat­est research, while kid­ney can­cer is among the 10 most com­mon can­cers in men and women.

These are often treat­ed through surgery.

The Urol­o­gy Hos­pi­tal, the only spe­cialised uro­log­i­cal cen­tre in Africa, offers a range of sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures for kid­ney can­cer includ­ing con­ven­tion­al and laparo­scop­ic surgery, assist­ed nephrec­tomies (removal of kid­ney) and par­tial nephrec­tomies.

The hos­pi­tal is the only spe­cialised uro­log­i­cal cen­tre in Africa and pio­neered robot­ic surgery in South Africa.

For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact 012 423‑4000 or SMS the word INFO and your email address to 33000 (SMS charged at R1.50). By Leap Leap 

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