What does a reading of 2+ for occult blood in a urine sample mean?

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    Occult means hidden in medical terminology, so occult blood in urine or faeces can indicate bleeding in the bowel or bladder. There can be a few reasons for the presence of the blood. In urine it can indicate an infection in the bladder,usually confirmed by a laboratory analysis and Appropriate treatment as indicated by the sensitivity test conducted by the lab. A 2+ result could also indicate a tumour in the bladder, so it’s important to follow your doctor’s advice re any diagnosis.


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    It makes me feel tired as well. I’m already fatigued every single day for the past ten years, found out low vit d levels was ONE culprit. Now every single time I take it it makes me MORE tired. It doesn’t seem logical. Doctors don’t want to listen. Most ppl think they know what they’re talking about when they say that it wouldn’t make you tired, but how are you going to tell somebody else THEY aren’t experiencing what they say they are. I think the fact that we already are deficient for whatever reason, means we have an intolerance to vit d, so we have that reaction to it. Like say lupus makes you fatigued and usually vit d levels are low.

    No. If you have blood in your urine then there is a medical issue you need to have taken care of. Go see your doctor. Immediately. Before permanent damage is done.

    It’s literally one of those signs that, if you look it up, says “see your doctor.”

    So, yeah, abnormal.

    Blood in the urine (called hematuria) is abnormal. There are various etiologies of microscopic (seen only under the microscope) and/or gross hematuria (seen with the naked eye) including benign essential hematuria , urinary tract infection, stone, or possible malignancy. The most common cause identified for asymptomatic microscopic hematuria is “benign essential hematuria”. This means that the kidneys are simply losing some red blood cells into the urinary tract. Urinary tract infection can cause irritation in the bladder causing microscopic hematuria . Kidney cancer and/or bladder cancer can also present as microscopic blood or gross blood. Smoking dramatically increases the risk of developing a tumor in the urinary tract. A stone in the urinary tract can rub the inside of the urinary tract resulting in microscopic or gross hematuria. Evaluation for the possibility of all of these etiologies should be done. However, the only way to diagnose benign essential hematuria is to prove there is no significant stone, tumor, or urinary tract infection. Urine cytology, CT of the abdomen and pelvis or intravenous pyelogram or renal ultrasound, and cystoscopy are the tests to determine the diagnosis.

    *EDIT: This question said it needed “attribution” – this is the standard information given to patients in our practice.

    How many drops of WHAT for a negative result for WHAT? How much urine?

    Do you think that they add a different amount of ‘whatever’ for a positive result?

    They always add the same amount of the test solution to a fixed amount of urine.

    • red blood cells: 120days
    • liver cells: 10-15 days (if you don’t drink too much alcohol 😉 )
    • white blood cells: 12h – 3 days
    • small intestine cells: 24-35h
    • neurons: for life

    90% of all cells in the body get changed every year at least once

    A test that checks for occult (hidden) blood in the stool. A small sample of stool is placed in a special collection tube or on a special card and sent to a doctor or laboratory for testing. Blood in the stool may be a sign of colorectal cancer or other problems, such as polyps, ulcers, or hemorrhoids. A positive fecal occult blood test means that blood has been found in the stool. Your doctor will have to determine the source of the bleeding, either by doing a colonoscopy or by doing an examination to determine if the bleeding is coming from the stomach or small intestine.

    Since I have no idea why you’re asking, I’m going to keep it very simple. It should be clear, not cloudy, and a shade of yellow ranging between almost colorless to bright yellow.

    There are some medications that can affect the color, for example, the dye in most B vitamins passes in the urine and makes it a strong yellow, there are a couple of medications that are given when you have a urinary tract infection that change the color (one turns it green, the other red.) There may be others, these are just the ones I know about from experience.

    If you aren’t taking any meds, and your urine isn’t yellow, go to the doctor. If there is pain, go to the doctor. If there’s anything floating in it, go to the doctor.

    A test strip says you got 1+ blood and a follow-up microscopic confirms that you have 3–5 RBC’s per High Power Field.

    It may be normal in a women if she was just beginning or ending her period … All others need a repeat urinalysis to see if RBC’s are still there. If so, then we have to find out where they are coming from.

    If you’re female and have a menstrual period then yes and you shouldn’t be doing urinalysis anyhow.

    If not then no, any amount of blood in urine is considered abnormal. An occasional erithrocyte might sneak in so it could be nothing, but any significant presence of blood is abnormal. That doesn’t necessarily mean dangerous, but if you’re concerned you should visit a doctor.

    I don’t know why you’re experiencing this, but I’ve noticed that I sleep very deeply after taking a CoQ10 supplement in the evening.

    Most people who take it report feeling much more energized. They may also report difficulty going to sleep.

    You and I may just have a genetic or physiological makeup that produces a paradoxical reaction (one that is the opposite of what is normally expected).

    If you are taking the supplement on the recommendation of your physician (I am not), then let them know you’re getting this effect.

    It’s hard to tell what is the point of your question. How long is it ok to ignore the problem? How much blood is too much to ignore?

    Here’s the poop: Even though hematuria has lots of benign causes, it also has a few malignant ones. Namely, cancer anywhere from the kidney down to the urethra. Early detection of cancer is often curable. Late detection…not so much.

    A word to the wise.

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