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Here are some of the basics about diabetes insipidus:
Diabetes insipidus is a rare disorder of vasopressin (also called the antidiuretic hormone or ADH), a hormone that helps the kidneys regulate the amount of water in the body.
Normally, the pituitary gland releases vasopressin to decrease the amount of urine the kidneys send to the bladder, thus keeping you from getting dehydrated.
If your child has diabetes insipidus, there’s either not enough
vasopressin or his kidneys can’t respond to it normally, which means the body gets rid of more water in the urine than it should. This can be dangerous.
There are two basic kinds of diabetes insipidus:
How Boston Children's Hospital approaches diabetes insipidus
At Boston Children's, children with diabetes insipidus are treated through our General Endocrinology Program—a multidisciplinary program that provides comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and management of patients with disorders associated with the endocrine system, which is the system of glands, each of which secretes a type of hormone into the bloodstream to regulate the body.
Our goal is to teach patients and their families how to effectively manage the condition, and to empower people with diabetes insipidus to live normal lives.
Diabetes insipidus: Reviewed by Joseph Majzoub, MD
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