Diabetes insipidus

Dr Henry Knipe et al.

Diabetes insipidus (DI) is the deficiency or resistance to the hormone vasopressin (antidiuretic hormone), which results in polyuria and polydipsia. 

DI occurs in 3 per 100,000 people 2

DI may be described as 1-3:

  • central/neurogenic/hypothalamic: vasopressin deficient (more common)
  • peripheral/nephrogenic: vasopressin resistant
Aetiology

Desmopressin can be used to treat central DI 4

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rID: 42150
Section: Pathology
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Diabetes insipidus (DI)

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