Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis is a genetic disorder that causes attacks or episodes of paralysis or muscle weakness. In addition to muscle weakness or paralysis, high levels of potassium in the blood is also observed in patients. This disorder can begin in infancy or early childhood.
HOW IS HYPERKALEMIC PERIODIC PARALYSIS DIAGNOSED?
General physician may diagnose Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis based on the symptoms and family history. A potassium test during an attack provides evidence of the disease. Other tests are echocardiogram, electromyography and muscle biopsy.
HOW IS HYPERKALEMIC PERIODIC PARALYSIS TREATED?
The most common medicines for treating the Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis giving higher doses of calcium to the patient followed with glucose. Insulin is also given to provide the muscles with more stability. High carb diets are also suggested for the same.
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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.