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?
An Ayurvedic Doctor, Homeopath, General Physician or Pediatric diagnoses cases of Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis through a specialized form of test called the long exercise test or Electromyographic (EMG).
HOW IS HYPOKALEMIC PERIODIC PARALYSIS TREATED?
Treatment of hypokalemic periodic paralysis focuses on preventing further attacks and relieving acute symptoms. Potassium given during an attack may stop the attack. Potassium can be taken by mouth. But if weakness is severe, potassium may need to be given through a vein. Avoiding carbohydrate-rich meals, strenuous exercise and other identified triggers, and taking acetazolamide or other carbonic anhydrase inhibitor, may help prevent attacks of weakness.
DID YOU KNOW?
In the long run, the lifespan of such patients can be go down though they live close to full lives.