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What causes dark brownish urine?

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Posted on Wed, 11 May 2016
Question: what can cause dark brownish urine?
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Answered by Dr. Arnab Banerjee (59 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
A lot of things, so need full medical history as well as physical check-up.

Detailed Answer:
Hello XXXXX , Welcome to HCM.

Dark Brownish urine color can result from a number of different conditions.

The presence of blood or break-down products of blood can result in a brown or red color change. While even dehydration can also cause this over a period of time.

In presence of some Medications , there might be discoloration. So I need to know your past/present medical history along with what all medications (if any) are you on ?

Finally, some foods/drinks may produce color changes like drinking herbal drinks, Black tea, too many carbonated beverages and several others.

You also need to undergo Urine Routine and microscopy examination to actually rule out the pathological vs physiological causes underlying to this.

It would be very reasonable for you to see your physician in person for a physical examination and adjunct urine testing/analysis. It is important to exclude causes such as blood loss, muscle breakdown, or other processes which may affect the kidney/bladder/urethra.

Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards


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What causes dark brownish urine?

Brief Answer: A lot of things, so need full medical history as well as physical check-up. Detailed Answer: Hello XXXXX , Welcome to HCM. Dark Brownish urine color can result from a number of different conditions. The presence of blood or break-down products of blood can result in a brown or red color change. While even dehydration can also cause this over a period of time. In presence of some Medications , there might be discoloration. So I need to know your past/present medical history along with what all medications (if any) are you on ? Finally, some foods/drinks may produce color changes like drinking herbal drinks, Black tea, too many carbonated beverages and several others. You also need to undergo Urine Routine and microscopy examination to actually rule out the pathological vs physiological causes underlying to this. It would be very reasonable for you to see your physician in person for a physical examination and adjunct urine testing/analysis. It is important to exclude causes such as blood loss, muscle breakdown, or other processes which may affect the kidney/bladder/urethra. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards