Which physical findings suggest diabetes insipidus (DI)?

Updated: Mar 18, 2020
  • Author: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Answer

Physical findings vary with the severity and chronicity of DI; they may be entirely normal or may include the following:

  • Hydronephrosis, with pelvic fullness, flank pain or tenderness, or pain radiating to the testicle or genital area

  • Bladder enlargement in some patients

  • Dehydration if the thirst mechanism is impaired or access to fluid is restricted

See Clinical Presentation for more detail.


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