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Changing the Name of Diabetes Insipidus: A Position Statement of the Working Group to Consider Renaming Diabetes Insipidus.

Published version
Peer-reviewed

Type

Article

Change log

Authors

Arima, Hiroshi 
Cheetham, Timothy 
Christ-Crain, Mirjam 
Cooper, Deborah L 
Drummond, Juliana B 

Abstract

'What's in a name? That which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as sweet.' (Juliet, from Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare). Shakespeare's implication is that a name is nothing but a word and it therefore represents a convention with no intrinsic meaning. Whilst this may be relevant to romantic literature, disease names do have real meanings, and consequences, in medicine. Hence, there must be a very good rationale for changing the name of a disease that has a centuries-old historical context. A working group of representatives from national and international endocrinology, nephrology and pediatric societies now proposes changing the name of 'diabetes insipidus' to 'arginine vasopressin deficiency (AVP-D)' for central etiologies and 'argi nine vasopressin resistance (AVP-R)' for nephrogenic etiologies. This editorial provides both the historical context and the rationale for this proposed name change.

Description

Keywords

Humans, Diabetes Insipidus, Diabetes Mellitus

Journal Title

Horm Res Paediatr

Conference Name

Journal ISSN

1663-2818
1663-2826

Volume Title

187

Publisher

S. Karger AG