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Over the past year I have had dark urine on 3 different occasions.

I have no pain or other symptoms.

Various tests have ruled out bladder cancer and there was no blood in the urine.

A recent blood test revealed ALT at 54.

Any ideas?

It is confusing since I feel fine and have not eaten some of the usual suspects such as beets.



Dear Cols,

In most types of liver diseases, the ALT level is higher than AST, and the AST/ALT ratio will be low.
The normal range of values for ALT (SGPT) is from 7 to 56 units per liter of serum.

Dark yellow urine is often indicative of dehydration.

Consumption of beets can cause urine to have a pinkish tint, and asparagus consumption can turn urine greenish.

Symptoms of mild dehydration include thirst, decreased urine volume.

The classic symptoms of dehydration are dark yellow-orange urine.

Dark yellow or orange urine can be caused by recent use of laxatives or consumption of B complex vitamins or carotene.

Other causes of dark urine with no pain or other symptoms are:

" Food (beets, blackberries or other naturally red foods)
" Food dyes
" Certain drugs.

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Darkened urine as a symptom:

" Alclox Capsules
" Butazolidin
" Ceporex
" Compazine
" Dopar
" Levodopa
" Lodosyn
" Methylene blue dye
" Phenylbutazone
" Pyridium -
" Rifampin -
" Sinemet
" Sinemet CR
" Thorazine

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