Arginine vasopressin concentrations in the cerebrospinal fluid of children
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) arginine vasopressin (AVP) levels are reported in a group of 22 children (median age 24 months) investigated for possible bacterial meningitis and subsequently found not to be suffering from this disease. The mean CSF AVP concentration was 0.80 ± 0.33 pg/ml. The results obtained in patients suffering from febrile convulsions (mean 0.71 pg/ml), other convulsive disorders (mean 0.80 pg/ml) and miscellaneous infectious diseases (mean 0.85 pg/ml) did not differ significantly from one another. Our findings confirm the presence of AVP in the CSF of children and provide reference values for further investigations into the functions of CSF AVP in children.