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    Lately my bag and tubing have been light blue like windex. I don?t have any symptoms of a uti. Should I be concerned? Has anybody here experienced this. Thanks

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    Blue or green urine can be caused by:

    • Dyes. Some brightly colored food dyes can cause green urine. Dyes used for some tests of kidney and bladder function can turn urine blue.
    • Medications. A number of medications produce blue or green urine, including amitriptyline, indomethacin (Indocin, Tivorbex) and propofol (Diprivan).
    • Medical conditions. Familial benign hypercalcemia, a rare inherited disorder, is sometimes called blue diaper syndrome because children with the disorder have blue urine. Green urine sometimes occurs during urinary tract infections caused by pseudomonas bacteria.
    • https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-...s/syc-20367333


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    Last edited by SCI-Nurse; 22 Jul 2018, 11:27 PM.
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      #3
      Orange Crush Orange urine

      I never had blue or green urine but I did have Orange Crush orange urine while being on rifampin. This is one of the drug's side effects.

      Ti
      "We must overcome difficulties rather than being overcome by difficulties."

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        #4
        Purple here. Kid you not! It's some sort of gut microbe interacting with blood in the urine to make it an odd colour. I always considered it this way - the bacterial load of colonization is becoming high.

        I can see it form at the bottom and don't let it get bad. I change out the cath and bag immediately.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_urine_bag_syndrome
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          #5
          So it's the plastic that's blue, not the urine itself, correct? If so, I wouldn't very concerned. My bedside bag would frequently turn blue - - maybe due to acidic urine? - - I didn't have any UTIs when it happened

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            #6
            Originally posted by quadfather View Post
            So it's the plastic that's blue, not the urine itself, correct? If so, I wouldn't very concerned. My bedside bag would frequently turn blue - - maybe due to acidic urine? - - I didn't have any UTIs when it happened
            What are you seeing? When you empty the urine bag, is the urine coming out of it blue? Does the empty back have a bluish tinge to it?

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              #7
              Yes. Just the tubing and bag. The urine looks pretty clear.

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                #8
                indicanuria

                Blue not purple can be indicanuria. Transit time in guts too long. I have the same.

                Not the same as the more serious blue diaper syndrome.
                http://zagam.net/

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by julian q View Post
                  Yes. Just the tubing and bag. The urine looks pretty clear.
                  So it isn't the urine that is blue, it is the bag and tubing. Here are a couple articles that address that phenomenon.

                  https://craighospital.org/resources/purple-urine-bag

                  https://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...01971208000726

                  downloads.hindawi.com/journals/tswj/2007/614186.pdf
                  CONCLUSION
                  PUBS (Purple urine-bag syndrome) is a rare phenomenon in which the urine bags turn purple or blue. Although discolouration of the urine drainage system may cause distress to patients, physicians should reassure patients and their caregivers that a bluish discolouration of the urinary drainage system is a transient, benign phenomenon and is not indicative of underlying pathology. Asymptomatic bacteriuria in patients with indwelling catheters does not require antibiotic therapy and, therefore, these patients do not require any prescription for antibacterials. Improved hygienic measures, treatment of constipation, and more frequent changes of the urine drainage system should suffice, as indeed shown by the case reported herein.

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