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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 58  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 119-121

Purple urine bag syndrome in an 80-year-old female cameroonian

1 Ibal Health Centre, Oku, North west region, Cameroon
2 Centre for Global Health and Tropical Medicine, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
3 Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaounde I, Yaounde, Cameroon
4 Clinical Research Education, Networking and Consultancy, Douala, Littoral, Cameroon; School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, Cameroon

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Valirie Ndip Agbor
Ibal Health Centre, Oku, Northwest Region
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/nmj.NMJ_173_16

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Purple urine bag syndrome is a rare clinical entity commonly seen in elderly females with a long-term urinary catheterization. It presents as purple discoloration of the patient's plastic urine bag and tubing. We report the first case of this rare entity from Central Africa. We present the case of an 80-year-old female with purple urine associated with signs of urinary tract infection. Her symptoms resolved after 3 days of intravenous antibiotic treatment and diet modification. Purple urine bag syndrome remains rare, especially in African literature. Awareness of this benign syndrome is necessary for clinicians so as to adequately manage up to and including the associated anxiety.

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