Children with central or neurogenic DI do well when they are treated appropriately with medication. If your child has idiopathic DI, he/she will need frequent examinations, including MRIs of the pituitary gland, to see if there is a cause that we haven’t been able to find.

The outcomes of children with a known reason for central or neurogenic DI depend on the cause of the DI. For example, if your child had a head injury, he/she should lead a normal life if the brain injury heals. However, your child will still need to take medication for DI. Sometimes, central or neurogenic DI from a head injury or after surgery slowly gets better on its own. This is because the nerve fibers from the hypothalamus that were cut off slowly grow back and store vasopressin again.

Children with nephrogenic DI often do quite well if their DI was caused by a medication that can be stopped or from a chemical abnormality that can be controlled. Children who are born with nephrogenic DI should be treated carefully to protect their kidneys as much as possible. They should also stay hydrated, even when they are sick, so their brain development is protected. This is especially true for young children

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Rev. 9/2015
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