When bubbles mean troubles: Two cases of unusual urine

GP undertakes a wee bit of investigative work to address patient complaints sparked by wild mushroom ingestion and sudden ankle swelling

I saw two patients with a chief complaint of bubbles in their urine this month.


One middle-aged woman had eaten some wild mushrooms she was pretty sure she had identified correctly, but once her urine turned bubbly a few days later, she came in to make sure her kidneys were okay.

Even though she was feeling quite well, they were not.

The woman ended up going straight to hospital for IV fluids, a kidney biopsy and dialysis. We don’t know yet how much her kidney function will recover and we still don’t know if the mushrooms had