The characteristic of hypokalemic periodic paralysis is muscle weakness or paralysis with a drop in potassium levels in the blood. This disorder usually begins in adolescence and can be mild affecting only a few muscles of severe where there is a full body paralysis.
HOW IS HYPOKALEMIC PERIODIC PARALYSIS DIAGNOSED?
General physician conducts a complete evaluation of your symptoms and your family history. Before an attack there may be stiffness or heaviness in legs. Potassium levels also holds key to the disease, but these levels need to be measured during an attack. Muscle reflexes are also absent during an attack. Other diagnostic tests include electrocardiogram, electromyography and muscle biopsy.
HOW IS HYPOKALEMIC PERIODIC PARALYSIS TREATED?
Treatment for Hypokalemic periodic paralysis is actually very tricky. What works for one patient doesn’t for other. Supplements of potassium can do good to one but not to another. Healthy diets are suggested and patients with genetic mutations and thus prone to abortive attacks have to go for regular check ups.
DID YOU KNOW?
Some paralytic attacks can cause a drastic reduction in potassium levels that can cause breathing and heart problems.