Common causes of blood in urine

These include:

  • a bladder infection (such as cystitis) which typically also causes a burning pain when you urinate
  • a kidney infection which may also cause a high temperature and pain in the side of your tummy
  • kidney stones which may be painless, but can sometimes block one of the tubes coming from your kidneys and cause severe tummy pain
  • urethritis inflammation of the tube that carries urine out of the body (urethra); it's often caused by a sexually transmitted infection (STI) such as chlamydia
  • an enlarged prostate gland this is a common condition in older men and nothing to do with prostate cancer; an enlarged prostate gland will press on the bladder andmay also cause problems such as difficulty urinating and a frequent need to urinate
  • bladder cancer this usually affects adults aged over 50 and can also cause you to urinate more often and more urgently, as well as pain when urinating
  • kidney cancer this also usually affects adults aged over 50, and can cause persistent pain below your ribs and a lump in your tummy
  • prostate cancer this is usually only seen in men aged over 50 and usually progresses very slowly; other symptoms can include needing to urinate more frequently and urgently, and difficulty emptying your bladder

You can read more about these conditions by clicking on the above links.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018