What is the role of diabetes insipidus in the etiology of enuresis?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020
  • Author: Wm Lane M Robson, MA, MD, FRCP, FRCP(Glasg); Chief Editor: Marc Cendron, MD  more...
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Diabetes insipidus is a very rare cause of enuresis. Although nocturnal polyuria is often presumed to be the cause of bedwetting, a disorder of arousal may also be present. Diabetes insipidus may be either central or nephrogenic. Central diabetes insipidus may result from an intracranial tumor, head trauma, encephalitis, or meningitis; nephrogenic diabetes insipidus may result from any cause of renal failure, diffuse renal cortical or medullary damage, hypokalemia, hypercalcemia, or nephrotoxic drugs.


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