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Question:

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.

Cols

Answer:

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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