Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis is a genetic condition that causes periods of extreme muscle weakness or paralysis. This condition usually observed during infancy or early childhood. Symptoms are:
• Violent muscle twitching
• Substantial muscle weakness or trembling
• Prolapse of the eyelid
• Generalized weakness
HOW IS HYPERKALEMIC PERIODIC PARALYSIS DIAGNOSED?
A potassium test will be done to determine the amount of potassium in the body. ECG, EMG and muscle biopsy would show abnormalities in muscles.
HOW IS HYPERKALEMIC PERIODIC PARALYSIS TREATED?
Glucose and other carbohydrates or sugars can be administered during an attack to reduce its severity. Calcium can be given intravenously to stop sudden paralytic episodes.
DID YOU KNOW?
This is a problem that may recur and thus it becomes essential for the individual to continue with these remedies till completely cured and go for regular check-ups.