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Ann Geriatr Med Res 2018; 22(3): 151-153  https://doi.org/10.4235/agmr.2018.22.3.151
Purple Urine Bag Syndrome in Geriatric Hospital: A Report of 2 Cases
Kyung Su Shin1, Mi Young Kim2, Hyo Nam Kang2
1Department of General Surgery, Yeosunoble Geriatric Hospital, Yeosu, Korea
2Department of Nursing, Yeosunoble Geriatric Hospital, Yeosu, Korea
Correspondence to: Kyung Su Shin
Department of General Surgery, Yeosunoble Geriatric Hospital, 40, Heungguk-ro, Yeosu 59676, Korea
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Received: August 20, 2018; Revised: August 29, 2018; Accepted: August 30, 2018; Published online: September 30, 2018.
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Purple urine bag syndrome (PUBS) is a rare clinical condition that occurs in older women with a long-term urinary catheterization. Other risk factors include alkaline urine, constipation, renal disease, and immobility. It presents as purple discoloration of the urine bag and tubing and is a mixture of pigment that becomes purple. Patient with PUBS usually do not complain of any symptoms. The clinical course is generally benign, and intensive treatment is not usually needed. But awareness of this syndrome is necessary for doctor and nurse in geriatric hospital so as to adequately treat urinary tract infection and explain the clinical process to a caregiver. We present 2 cases of PUBS in a geriatric hospital.
Keywords: Elderly female, Purple discoloration, Purple urine bag syndrome

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