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Not all that is red is blood: a curious case of chromaturia. Clin Case Rep 2018 Jun;6(6):1179-1180

Date

06/09/2018

Pubmed ID

29881591

Pubmed Central ID

PMC5986001

DOI

10.1002/ccr3.1514

Abstract

Hydroxocobalamin causes reddish discoloration of the urine, mimicking hematuria. Clinicians should be aware of this common side effect of the rarely used drug to prevent unnecessary consultations and work-up. Additional benign causes of red urine include foods such as beets, rhubarb, and medications such as rifampin, phenazopyridine.

Author List

Koratala A, Chamarthi G, Segal MS

Author

Abhilash Koratala MD Assistant Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin