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7.03 Colorful Urine


Presentation

The patient may complain or be frightened about the color of his urine; color may be one component of some urinary complaint, or the color may be noted incidentally on urinalysis.

What to do:

What not to do:

Discussion

Porphyrins or eosin dyes fluoresce under ultraviolet light. Eosin turns urine pink or red but fluoresces green.

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