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Question of the Week

Why does the urine of patients who have ingested ethylene glycol fluoresce when exposed to ultraviolet light?

Fluorescein is added to antifreeze to aid in the detection of radiator leaks in vehicles.  The fluorescence of urine under ultraviolet light may aid in the early identification of ethylene glycol poisoning.  Check out these two articles: Article 1 and Article 2

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