Thyrotoxic periodic paralysis (TPP) is a condition featuring attacks of muscle weakness in the presence of hyperthyroidism (overactivity of the thyroid gland). Hypokalemia (a decreased potassium level in the blood) is usually present during attacks.An attack often begins with muscle pain, cramping, and stiffness. This is followed by weakness or paralysis that tends to develop rapidly, usually in late evening or the early hours of the morning.
HOW IS THYROTOXIC HYPOKALEMIC PERIODIC PARALYSIS DIAGNOSED?
A General Physician diagnoses Thyrotoxic Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis by conducting an Electrocardiogram to check the heart rate.
HOW IS THYROTOXIC HYPOKALEMIC PERIODIC PARALYSIS TREATED?
Treatment for Thyrotoxic Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis includes administration of potassium in the body that helps in counteracting these attacks. This restores muscle strength and reduces complications. Other medications used here are non-selective beta blockers like propranolol that help to increase the levels of adrenaline in the body.
DID YOU KNOW?
Thyrotoxic periodic paralysis is a rare condition that occurs only in people with high thyroid hormone levels (thyrotoxicosis) and is common in Asian and Hispanic men.Hypokalemic periodic paralysis is an inherited condition and not related to high thyroid levels.