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A 45-year-old member asked:

what is the difference between hypokalemia and hypokalemia paralysis?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
A matter of degree: Hypokalemia leads to weak muscles, when severe enough of chronic enough, paralysis of muscles can occur. There are diseases whose hallmark is hypokalemic paralysis. Go google.
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 57 years experience
Hypokalemic paralysi: The first means your blood potassium is too low. There are many reasons for this. The second means your potassium has gotten so low your muscles no longer work and you get paralyzed. Discuss with your Dr.

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