Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis is a rare, autosomal dominant channelopathy that is characterized by muscle weakness or paralysis along with a drop in potassium levels in blood. Paralytic attacks due to Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis often begin during adolescence and most commonly occur after awakening from sleep or while resting after strenuous exercise. Symptoms are:
• Muscle weakness in shoulders and hips
• Eyelid myotonia
• Dangerous, irregular heart beat
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?
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.
DID YOU KNOW?
Some paralytic attacks can cause a drastic reduction in potassium levels that can cause breathing and heart problems.