Hyperkalemic periodic paralysis is a condition that causes episodes of extreme muscle weakness or paralysis, usually beginning in infancy or early childhood. Most often, these episodes involve a temporary inability to move muscles in the arms and legs. Episodes tend to increase in frequency until mid-adulthood, after which they occur less frequently. Factors that can trigger attacks include rest after exercise, potassium-rich foods such as bananas and potatoes, stress, fatigue, alcohol, pregnancy, exposure to cold temperatures, certain medications, and periods without food.
HOW IS HYPERKALEMIC PERIODIC PARALYSIS DIAGNOSED?
There are a series of genetic tests available that a general physician might do for the same. Alongside they would also check your muscle stability and do physical testing for checking your strength.
HOW IS HYPERKALEMIC PERIODIC PARALYSIS TREATED?
The goal of treatment of Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis focuses on preventing further attacks. In case irregular heartbeats appear during an attack, emergency treatment may be needed. Muscle weakness increases with frequent attacks, so treatment to prevent further attacks is essential. Severity of symptoms may be reduced by administering glucose or other carbohydrates. Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis responds well to treatment and may disappear fully in some cases.
DID YOU KNOW?
While Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis is mostly associated with horses, but it occurs in humans, too, and there is no cure for Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis.