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Can urine smell odd if uti or of starving?

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Dr. Brad Douglas
Obstetrics and Gynecology 25 years experience
See below: Yes urine will smell odd if an infection or starving usually of ketones.
Dr. Simon Kimm
Urology 17 years experience
Yes. : An infection of the urinary tract or UTI can impart a foul odor to the urine, as bacteria and white blood cells accumulate in the urine. In cases of severe starvation, ketones, which are compounds that come from the breakdown of fat can cause a strange odor in the urine. This is called ketonuria, and is quite rare and usually seen in type i diabetics and those on low carbohydrate diets.
Last updated Oct 24, 2017


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