Diabetes insipidus associated with a brain tumour diagnosis

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Find out what diabetes insipidus is, what can cause this rare condition and what the impact may be on your child's future.

Key points

  • Diabetes insipidus is different than diabetes associated with high blood sugar (diabetes mellitus).
  • Diabetes insipidus reflects the body’s inability to retain water and results in large amounts of dilute urine.
  • Diabetes insipidus may be caused by a brain tumour or by the surgery to treat it.
  • Diabetes insipidus is usually treated with a synthetic form of antidiuretic hormone called desmopressin (DDAVP).
  • If the condition is not treated it can lead to dehydration and an electrolyte imbalance.
  • In some cases, diabetes insipidus may go away a few weeks after surgery, but often it is permanent.
Last updated: January 10th 2022