Antidiuretic hormone (ADH) is a chemical made in the brain. It causes the kidneys to release less water. This reduces the amount of urine. At times, ADH levels are higher than they should be. This can happen if you have certain health problems. It is known as syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion (SIADH).
SIADH may occur with lung disease or cancer. It can also happen with diseases of the brain and spinal cord. Using certain medicines may also cause it.
SIADH can cause fluid to build up in your body. It may cause hyponatremia (say "hy-po-nuh-TREE-mee-uh"). This is a low level of sodium in the blood. If this happens, the balance of fluid and sodium in your body isn't normal. You may have symptoms such as loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and headaches.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of:
July 28, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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