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?
Diagnosis of the problem is done by a general physician who would check your motor skills and do an EMG test. X-rays can also be done.
HOW IS HYPOKALEMIC PERIODIC PARALYSIS TREATED?
There is no treatment for this disorder other than those that can be used to prevent more attacks and to provide relief from symptoms. Patients should avoid or reduce the intake of carbohydrate rich food and minimize strenuous exercise. The intake of potassium salts can help patients to cope with attacks of paralysis.
DID YOU KNOW?
Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis responds well to treatment.