Why did POC urine test show blood in urine?

Q. POC urine test revealed blood in the urine. Please help.

Answered by
Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam
and medically reviewed by Dr. K Shobana
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 24, 2021 and last reviewed on: Mar 18, 2021

Hi doctor,

During presurgery, I have done a blood test and urine test. Everything was normal except POC urine test revealed blood in urine.



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I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have done some investigations recently and your POC (point of care) urine test shows blood in the urine. The condition presenting with blood in urine is known as hematuria and it results from various underlying health conditions such as urinary tract infection, renal stone, any type of kidney diseases or injuries, bladder infection or tumor, intake of blood thinner medications, urinary tract cancer, autoimmune disorders like polycystic kidney diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, a menstrual period in females, and prostatic diseases in males.

The most common cause of hematuria is urinary tract infection in younger patients. Taking plenty of fluids and a course of antibiotics helps to subside urinary tract infection and hematuria. Your age plays an important factor here. POC in urine test is called a point of care urinalysis. It offers fast and accurate results of albumin, protein, creatinine, glucose, urea or BUN (blood urea nitrogen), pus cells, and blood cells.

Thank you doctor,

Everything in the urinalysis was normal except POC blood.



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Blood in the urine can occur due to above-mentoned causes. As your investigations and urinalysis are normal, except for the presence of blood in the urine or microscopic hematuria, so urinary tract infection is the most possible cause. As you do not have any other complications and microscopic hematuria is found during routine investigations, so you can suffer from asymptomatic urinary tract infection due to any of the causes. Taking plenty of water helps to subside you from hematuria.

You can take antibiotics like Cefixime or Ciprofloxacin twice daily or Amoxicillin three times a day or Azithromycin once or twice daily for seven to ten days. You can also undergo urine culture and sensitivity and repeat urine R/M/E (routine microscopic examination). During this period, prevent yourself from any type of sexual exposure. Do not hold your urine for a long time as stagnant urine is the most common cause of urinary tract infections. Urinate whenever you have the feel of urination without any delay.

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