Secondary nephrogenic diabetes insipidus as a complication of inherited renal diseases

Nephron Physiol. 2010;116(4):p23-9. doi: 10.1159/000320117. Epub 2010 Aug 20.


Background/aims: Nephrogenic diabetes insipidus (NDI) is a serious condition with large water losses in the urine and the risk of hypernatremic dehydration. Unrecognized, repeated episodes of hypernatremic dehydration can lead to permanent brain damage. Primary NDI is due to mutations in either AVPR2 or AQP2. NDI can also occur as a secondary complication, most commonly from obstructive uropathy or chronic lithium therapy. We observed NDI in patients with inherited tubulopathies and aimed to define the clinical and molecular phenotype.

Methods: We reviewed the medical notes of 4 patients with clinical NDI and an underlying molecularly confirmed diagnosis of nephropathic cystinosis, Bartter syndrome, nephronophthisis and apparent mineralocorticoid excess, respectively.

Results: The patients all failed to concentrate their urine after administration of 1-desamino[8-D-arginine] vasopressin. None had an identifiable mutation in AVPR2 or AQP2, consistent with secondary NDI. Patients experienced repeated episodes of hypernatremic dehydration, and in 2 cases, NDI was initially thought to be the primary diagnosis, delaying recognition of the underlying problem.

Conclusion: The recognition of this potential complication is important as it has direct implications for clinical management. The occurrence of NDI in association with these conditions provides clues for the etiology of aquaporin deficiency.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Bartter Syndrome / complications
  • Bartter Syndrome / diagnosis*
  • Bartter Syndrome / genetics
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cystinosis / complications
  • Cystinosis / diagnosis*
  • Cystinosis / genetics
  • Diabetes Insipidus, Nephrogenic / diagnosis*
  • Diabetes Insipidus, Nephrogenic / etiology
  • Diabetes Insipidus, Nephrogenic / genetics
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Kidney Diseases, Cystic / complications
  • Kidney Diseases, Cystic / congenital
  • Kidney Diseases, Cystic / diagnosis*
  • Male
  • Mineralocorticoid Excess Syndrome, Apparent / complications
  • Mineralocorticoid Excess Syndrome, Apparent / diagnosis*
  • Mineralocorticoid Excess Syndrome, Apparent / genetics
  • Mutation / genetics