When are specialist consultations required for diabetes insipidus (DI)?

Updated: Mar 18, 2020
  • Author: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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In the setting of neurosurgery or head trauma, the diagnosis of DI may be obvious, and even expected. The intensivists and nurses who manage the patient acutely are in the best position to provide acute care.

In the more subtle forms of DI, and certainly in all chronic forms of DI for which therapy is expected to be indefinite, the clinical endocrinologist is an invaluable aid in establishing the diagnosis and designing therapy.

Medical genetics consultation is appropriate if there is a family history of DI and an inherited form is suspected.


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