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Pituitary Diabetes Insipidus
Agree w/ Dr. Nguyen: Diagnosing Diabetes insipidus (DI) is based on symptoms, medical history, and lab tests. Differentiating kidney-level DI and central (brain/pituitary) DI can be done by measuring vasopressin levels (very difficult, only a few labs offer this test) or observing how a person responds to an injection of vasopressin. Central DI = low levels of vasopressin and a strong response to a test dose. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Presistent increased frequency of emptying bladder, urinating, as a symptom of a disease state. 2 types: Mellitus (high blood glucose) & Insipidus (inadequate anti-diuretic hormone). In Diabetes mellitus, the far more common, glucose concentrations are ↑ed due to combination of 8 organ system changes referred to as the "ominous octet" & aggravated by intake of sugars (simple & complex ...Read more
Very unusual: 7 cases of hypopituitarism all having a history of breech delivery, asphyxia at birth, and syringomyelia. A small pituitary gland was found on MRI or CT in six cases, invisible pituitary stalk on MRI in five cases, and type 1 Arnold-Chiari malformation in six cases. A constellation of these abnormalities best explained by traction of brain and spinal cord.Not usually with uncomplicated Chiari 1. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How can a bad case of diabetes insipidus treated x 2 years with ddap slowly resolve with no further need for ddap anymore? It happened. How? Why?
Need medication: It is important to determine the cause of diabetes insipidus. It involves the absense of a pituitary hormone. Common causes are head trauma, pituitary tumors, surgery. Kidney diabetes insipidus (nephrogenic) can be caused by certain drugs, such as lithium. If your doctor knows the cause, then treating the cause can sometimes reverse it. But usually treatment with DDAVP is essential. ...Read more
It depends.: Sometimes, diabetes insipidus (inability for the body to hold onto water due to the lack of or inaction of anti-diuretic hormone (adh)) is temporary after brain surgery. If permanent, usually due to a pituitary or kidney problem, it is not usually curable but can be easily treated especially if dealing with an ADH deficiency. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My two-year-old has just been diagnosed with diabetes insipidus. What can we do to make the adjustment easier?
DDAVP & Symptoms: That your child is getting treatment is the best way to become adjusted. Now your toddler will be much better able to sleep through the night and be less cranky as the constant thirst will be quenched! watch for breakthrough so you know when the DDAVP is wearing off. Your peds endo will discuss with you when to restrict fluids. Does your child have other pituitary hormone deficiency? Cause of di? ...Read more
Rare disorder: Diabetes insipidus (di) is a rare disorder in which the kidneys cannot concentrate urine, thereby causing excessive loss of water from the body and dehydration. It can result from a problem of the pituitary gland, or from a defect in the kidneys. However, most people who think they have di are actually excessive fluid drinkers, and urinate a lot because they drink a lot. ...Read more
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