From Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA:
My 10 year old autistic daughter has been urinating way too frequently (up to eight times an hour) for a few weeks, and her urine is predominantly dilute in appearance. Once in a great while, it will be yellow in appearance, and never before has it been dilute in appearance. It is perplexing to me because she has not been drinking a whole lot of fluids so the urine should definitely be more concentrated.
The doctor has tested for infection and found none but gave her an antibiotic anyway (with no result). The doctor has done an ultrasound of the bladder that shows she is emptying out appropriately. Since the doctor can't figure out what to do, she put my daughter on Ditropan to stop the urgency to pee, but nothing changed, and my daughter began to develop a fever.
Is urine volume necessarily an indication of diabetes insipidus? Can frequency and dilute appearance warrant concern?
In your daughter's case I think that in view of her autism, the most probable cause of the polyuria would be psychogenic polydipsia, but of course there are a number of other causes for this which can be evaluated using specific tests. You need to discuss plans with the doctor.
[Editor's comment: In your daughter's case I think that in view of her autism, the most probable cause of the polyuria would be psychogenic polydipsia, but of course there are a number of other causes for this which can be evaluated using specific tests. You need to discuss plans with the doctor. WWQ]
Original posting 27 Mar 2003
Posted to Diagnosis and Symptoms
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:42
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.
This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2016. Comments and Feedback.