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May 1927


Am J Dis Child. 1927;33(5):784-785. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1927.04130170082012

In reporting this case, attention is called to a condition which apparently occurs rarely, that is, pigmentation of the urine following the ingestion of red beets (beta vulgaris), and which might readily be mistaken for other conditions in which red pigment appears in the urine, especially when in combination with such symptoms and history as are presented by this child.

Jack D., aged 6 years, was admitted to the Children's Hospital of Michigan on Oct. 15, 1926, because of periodic reddish discoloration of the urine, failure to gain in weight and attacks of abdominal pain.

During infancy he was breast-fed for only six weeks and when placed on a diet of cow's milk mixtures developed severe rickets. At the age of 2½ years he had a severe attack of tonsillitis, following which the mother was informed that he had suffered injury to the heart. From that time until tonsillectomy was

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