The management of diabetes insipidus in adults

Arch Intern Med. 1997 Jun 23;157(12):1293-301.


The management of patients with diabetes insipidus can be confusing because of the disorder's variable pathophysiology, the numerous medications used, and the possible complications related to their use. Nevertheless, the primary care physician, rather than the subspecialist, will increasingly be called on to manage patients with such relatively uncommon conditions in the future. If a few basic facts and principles are kept in mind, the care of most patients with diabetes insipidus can be successful. A comprehensive, practical review of the short- and long-term therapy for patients with diabetes insipidus, including central diabetes insipidus, nephrogenic diabetes insipidus, and the "excessive vasopressinase syndrome," is presented. The use of single and multidrug regimens, and of the newly marketed oral formulation of desmopressin acetate, is described for common clinical settings.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Adult
  • Chronic Disease
  • Diabetes Insipidus* / diagnosis
  • Diabetes Insipidus* / etiology
  • Diabetes Insipidus* / therapy
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged