June 2003, Volume 33 Number 6 , p 84 - 84
© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 33(6) June 2003 p 84
About diabetes insipidus [MYTHS & FACTS]
MCCONNELL, EDWINA A. RN, PHD, FRCNA
At the time this article was written, Edwina A. McConnell was an independent nurse-consultant in Gorham, Me. Selected references for this article are available on request.
MYTH: Diabetes insipidus (DI) is a syndrome characterized by excessive glucose in the urine .
FACT: Diabetes insipidus is characterized by production of abnormally large volumes of dilute urine. A 24-hour urine output greater than 50 ml/kg is characteristic.
MYTH: Diabetes insipidus is caused by an actual or relative deficiency of insulin .
FACT: The three main types of diabetes insipiduspituitary, nephrogenic, and primary polydipsiaare all related to antidiuretic hormone (ADH), not insulin. Decreased ...