The Antidiuretic Action of Vasopressin

  • W. J. O’Connor


An important agent which acts on the kidneys is the antidiuretic hormone from the neurohypophysis and different aspects are discussed in three chapters. This chapter describes the actions on the kidneys of vasopressin and so, by inference, the action of the hormone released from the neurohypophysis in life. The next chapter deals with the factors which determine release of the hormone. Chapter 12 then describes water diuresis and discusses the role of antidiuretic hormone in controlling the volume of the urine and enabling the rapid excretion of an excess load of water. A general review is provided by Hays and Levine (1981).


Diabetes Insipidus Urine Flow Arginine Vasopressin Posterior Lobe Urea Excretion 
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© W.J. O’Connor 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. J. O’Connor
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  1. 1.University of LeedsUK

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