Thyrotoxic Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis is a condition characterized by bouts of muscle weaknesses in people who have hyperthyroidism. The condition is often accompanied with hypokalemia. The condition causes symptoms such as muscle pain, cramps and stiffness. There can be various triggers to the attacks such as physical exertion, alcohol consumption or eating food high in carbohydrates and salt.
HOW IS THYROTOXIC HYPOKALEMIC PERIODIC PARALYSIS DIAGNOSED?
Thyroid function tests can be used to diagnose the condition. Your endocrinologist may also refer other tests to ensure the paralytic attacks are due to endocrinologist.
HOW IS THYROTOXIC HYPOKALEMIC PERIODIC PARALYSIS TREATED?
In the acute phase of an attack, administration of potassium will quickly restore muscle strength and prevent complications. However, caution is advised as the total amount of potassium in the body is not decreased, and it is possible for potassium levels to overshoot
DID YOU KNOW?
The condition can be life threatening if the respiratory muscles are involved breathing muscles as this can lead to respiratory available.