Elderly Woman With Orange Urine and Purple Hands

Singh, Nishith K.; Mirza, Nureain
July 2008
Mayo Clinic Proceedings;Jul2008, Vol. 83 Issue 7, p744
Academic Journal
The article presents a case of the 79-year-old woman with repeated urinary tract infections with ailments of "purple" hands. Several examinations were conducted including pulse and arterial blood oximetry. The ailment was found to be methemoglobinemia which was caused by excess methemoglobin constituted by oxidation of the iron moiety of hemoglobin from normal to ferric state.


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