Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis is a rare condition characterized by muscle weakness or paralysis due to a fall in the potassium levels in the blood. People with this condition often experience attacks in adolescence and mostly after sleep, high carbohydrate meals, and meals with high sodium content, noise, or excitement. The symptoms of Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis are easy to identify and the most common sign is numbing sensation in one or more parts of the body.
HOW IS HYPOKALEMIC PERIODIC PARALYSIS DIAGNOSED?
This disorder can be diagnosed through a special form of EMG testing called long exercise test which measures the amplitude of nerve responses.
HOW IS HYPOKALEMIC PERIODIC PARALYSIS TREATED?
Treatment of Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis aims at providing relief from symptoms and prevention of further attacks. Emergency treatment is required for heart arrhythmias, difficulty in breathing or swallowing. Potassium taken orally during an attack stops the attack.
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In the long run, the lifespan of such patients can be go down though they live close to full lives.