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Why are there red blood cells in my urine?

Q: I am a 24 years old man who got a urine test done. Red blood cell were found in my urine. But when I got the same test done from another centre, the report shows it nil. However, in the first test 2-3 cells were found in the urine. Why is this and is there any problem?

A:Any urinary tract disorder may result in blood in urine in small or larger quantities. Medical term used to blood in urea is hematuria. Up to 4 Red Blood Cells (RBCs) could be normally present in a urine sample. Persistent presence of blood cells may be indicator of some serious diseases too. Hence it is usually advised to repeat urinalysis in these individuals, and investigated further if the finding is repeated more than thrice.

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