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Urine - abnormal color

Alternate Names : Discoloration of urine


Call your Health Care Provider if

Make an appointment with your health care provider if you have:

  • Clear, dark-brown urine, particularly if accompanied by pale stools and yellow skin and eyes
  • Pink, red, or smoky-brown urine, and the color change was not expected (due to a food or medication)
  • Abnormal urine color that persists without explanation
  • Blood in your urine, even on one occasion
What to Expect at your Health Care Provider's Office

The health care provider will perform a physical exam, which may include a rectal or pelvic exam. You will be asked questions about your medical history and symptoms, including:

  • Time pattern
    • When did this begin?
    • Did this begin suddenly?
  • Quality
    • What color is the urine?
    • Is it consistently the same color throughout the day?
    • Do you have increased or decreased urination?
    • Can you see blood in the urine?
    • Is there an unusual odor?
  • Aggravating factors
    • What medicines do you take?
    • Have you eaten foods such as colored candy, beets, berries, or rhubarb?
  • Other
    • What other symptoms do you have? (For example,pain when urinating, abdominal pain,back pain or fever)
    • Are you drinking fewer fluids or have decreased thirst?
    • Do you have a decreased appetite?
    • Have you had any previous urinary problems or kidney problems?
    • Do you have any allergies?

Tests that may be done include:





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Review Date : 9/30/2009
Reviewed By : David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; Scott Miller, MD, Urologist in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.



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