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What is Purple Bag Syndrome, and How To Prevent It

If you’re catheterized and recently checked on your urinary bag to notice a distinct purple hue to the contents, don’t be alarmed. While rare, there is an explanation as to why your urine has changed color, and ways to help prevent this from happening again.

Purple Bag Syndrome typically occurs in individuals on long-term urinary catheterization and is related to a urinary tract infection. When certain types of bacteria cause a urinary tract infection, they can react with the breakdown of tryptophan (the same stuff found in turkey, and many other foods) in your digestive system, and the resulting reaction causes the purple discoloration.

While the sight of Purple Bag Syndrome may be alarming, there is no immediate cause to be worried or concerned. Typically, it is harmless and does not indicate any larger issue.

In order to prevent Purple Bag Syndrome, it is very important to regularly change and properly take care of all catheters and drainage bags to prevent the future growth of bacteria. Proper sanitation and maintenance of your medical supplies will help prevent not only Purple Bag Syndrome, but also promote a healthier life.

Sometimes other symptoms, such as constipation, follow Purple Bag Syndrome, and should be treated accordingly. Even though Purple Bag Syndrome is a benign reaction to bacteria and tryptophan, it may be beneficial to inform your healthcare provider so that they can check for any underlying concerns.

Whether you need an indwelling catheter, intermittent catheter, or external catheter, Aeroflow is here for you. Our staff will work with your insurance to find the best supplies to fit your needs in accordance to your doctor’s notes. You can call us toll free, at (888) 345-1780. You can also qualify for a catheter on our site through our Qualify Through Insurance form.

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