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Renal Contusion

You have had an injury which has bruised your kidney. This may cause blood to appear in your urine. The blood may be in small amounts and not visible to you; or, it might color your urine pink or light red. Any blood usually clears in 1-2 days and the kidney function returns to normal.


Home Care:

  • Drink lots of fluid (at least 8-10 glasses of water a day).

  • Rest and avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activity for the next few days.

  • You may use acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) to control pain, unless another medicine was prescribed. [ NOTE : If you have chronic liver or kidney disease or ever had a stomach ulcer or GI bleeding, talk with your doctor before using these medicines.] (Aspirin should never be used in anyone under 18 years of age who is ill with a fever. It may cause severe liver damage.)

Follow Up

with your doctor or return to this facility if you are still having blood-tinged urine after 48 hours.

Get Prompt Medical Attention

if any of the following occur:

  • Increasing, back or abdominal pain

  • Repeated vomiting

  • Weakness, dizziness or fainting

  • Increasing amount of blood color in the urine

  • Passage of blood clots in the urine

  • Unable to pass urine

  • Fever of 100.4°F (38ºC) or higher, or as directed by your healthcare provider


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