I waited for an hour for the IVU report. Though I was holding the report in my hand, I was not dare to read the report.
- Injury or damage to the upper urinary tract (kidneys) or damage to the lower tract (ureters, bladder or urethra) as in a car accident or a bad fall.
- Kidney disease
- Urinary tract infections (UTI) for people younger than 40 years of age.
- Cancers of the kidney, bladder and prostate become a more common concern in people older than 40 years of age.
- Blockage of the urinary tract, usually the urethra - by a stone, tumor, a narrowing of the opening or a compression from surrounding structures.
- Blood clotting disorders
- Benign, non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate (BPH - benign prostatic hypertrophy), a common condition in older men
- Chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and sickle cell anemia
- Viral infections
- Inflammation of the kidney - usually of unknown cause
- Strenuous exercise, especially running - results from repeated jarring of the bladder
- Foods - beets, berries, rhubarb in large amounts
- Food coloring
- Medications - Certain laxatives and pain medications
- Menstrual blood
- Liver diseases - also can be very serious
A strip of chemically treated paper is dipped into a cup containing a sample of your urine.
An x-ray of the urinary tract where a dye is first injected into our vein; the dye is filtered by your kidneys and provides contrast so the kidneys are easier to see and a series of x-rays is taken over a 30-minute period, looking for blockages or problems and it can localize obstruction, stones, or a tumor.