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A 47-year-old female asked:

Sometimes i have hemolysis blood in urine and sometimes its non hemolysis. whats the difference and what could this mean? i dont have a uti and am scheduled for a cystoscopy and ultrasound of kidney but im curious what could cause both types

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Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 55 years experience
Hemolysis ?'s: Blood cells ( "red cells") contain hemoglobin and register as "positive" in urinalysis specimens (under the microscope). Hemolysis is the rupture of the cells , which releases the hemoglobin within, and is detected as "blood in the urine", which is not a normal finding, and suggests the need to find the source of the bleeding.
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