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Noninvasive Medical Technologies Helps Make Young Tennessee Woman's Wishes Come True
Date:11/21/2008

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- "Thanks to NMT, all of my wishes are coming true," says Kristin Shumpert, who is traveling from Oak Ridge, Tennessee this week to experience the lights, sounds and excitement of Las Vegas ... and to meet the people who "saved my life." Until recently, the prospect of spending time far from home held little interest to the young woman who suffers from a devastating disorder that affects her ability to regulate thirst or sense when its time to use the ladies' room.

At the age of 18, Kristin, now 23, underwent surgery on a benign brain tumor, resulting in the removal of her pituitary gland. No larger than the size of a pea and found at the base of the brain, the pituitary gland secretes a hormone known as vasopressin that triggers the kidneys to regulate normal storage and release of bodily fluids. As a consequence of the surgery, Kristin developed Diabetes Insipidus (DI), a type of diabetes much different from the kind brought on by too much sugar in the blood.

Prior to being diagnosed with the condition, Kristin would complain to her mother that she felt like she could not quench her intense thirst, despite drinking an extraordinary amount of fluids. To complicate matters, she had lost the ability to recognize when her body was overhydrated and when it was time to urinate. To treat Kristin, her doctors prescribed nasal vasopressin, which immediately triggers her body to release the fluids. However, not knowing how to regulate her hydration levels, Kristin was often left confused and ultimately found it difficult to stray far from home. "It was dreadfully debilitating and seriously impacted the quality of my life."

If water intake is seriously impaired, there is a grave risk of severe dehydration that could lead to serious brain damage or even death. On the other hand, overhydration, also referred to as water intoxication, can result in digestive problems, behaviora
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