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Thirst - absent
Alternative namesAbsence of thirst is a lack of the urge to consume fluids.
ConsiderationsThe absence of thirst at various times during the day is normal, if the body is not requiring fluid replacement. However, a rapid change in the need for fluids should prompt a visit to your physician.
Home CareFollow your health care provider's recommendations. Drink adequate amounts of fluids, even if you do not feel thirsty (6 to 8 glasses per day may be advised).
Call your health care provider if
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you notice any abnormal absence of thirst.
The health care provider will obtain your medical history and will perform a physical examination .
Medical history questions may include the following:
The physical examination may include a detailed nervous system examination if a head injury or problem with the hypothalamus is suspected. Diagnostic tests will vary depending on the history and physical examination findings.
Necessary fluids may be replaced intravenously.
Update Date: 5/4/2003Bridget Martell, M.D., Department of Internal Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT