Making two wrongs right - Case of using a patient's diabetes insipidus to treat his heart failure: Experience with vasopressin antagonists from animal studies and clinical trials


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The precise control of body water and solute concentrations is a function of several hormones acting on both the kidneys and circulatory system, with arginine vasopressin (AVP) playing a key role in this homeostatic process. Vasopressin, also known as antidiuretic hormone, is secreted from the posterior pituitary in response to signals generated from hypothalamic osmoreceptors when increased plasma osmolality is detected. Neurohormonal activation in congestive heart failure results in a non-osmotic release of AVP which promotes vasoconstriction, water retention, and hyponatremia. Two of the receptor subtypes to which AVP binds, V1a and V2, play a role in smooth muscle cell contraction and control the expression of aquaporins in the collecting duct. These receptors have become targets for the medical treatment of heart failure. Research has shown that vasopressin receptor blockers have the ability to favorably alter hemodynamics and stimulate diuresis in animal and human heart failure cases. We describe the case of a patient with central diabetes insipidus whose inability to create vasopressin was utilized to his advantage in the management of his nonischemic cardiomyopathy with heart failure. Copyright © 2003 S. Karger AG, Basel.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Fischi, MC; Trichon, B; Velazquez, E; Blazing, M; O'Conner, C

Published Date

  • December 8, 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 3 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 107 - 112

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1422-9528

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1159/000071029

Citation Source

  • Scopus