Haemtauria is a common clinical finding in the primary care with a higher incidence in patients over 40 years old (1).
- prevalence of asymptomatic microscopic haematuria varies between 0.19 and 21%
- in the UK, prevalence of asymptomatic microscopic haematuria in adult male population is around 2.5%.
- this figure is thought to increase with age - up to 22% of males over 60 years of age having asymptomatic microscopic haematuria (2)
- macroscopic haematuria has been found to be the presenting symptom in in >66% of patients with urological malignancy (3)
- (1) Shields J, Maxwell AP. Evaluating haematuria in primary care. Pulse 2009
- (2) Rodgers M et al. Diagnostic tests and algorithms used in the investigation of haematuria: systematic reviews and economic evaluation; Health Technology Assessment 2006;10(18)
- (3) Hicks D, Li CY. Management of macroscopic haematuria in the emergency department. Emerg Med J. 2007; 24(6): 385-390
Last reviewed 01/2018