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What is hypokalemic periodic paralysis?

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Dr. Kenneth Reichert
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In brief: Kalemic Paralysis

Hypokalemic periodic paralysis is an inherited disorder that causes occasional episodes of muscle weakness and sometimes severe paralysis.
In most cases, hpp is passed down through families (inherited) as autosomal dominant. Very low blood levels of potassium during episodes of weakness results from potassium moving from the blood into muscle cells in an abnormal way.

In brief: Kalemic Paralysis

Hypokalemic periodic paralysis is an inherited disorder that causes occasional episodes of muscle weakness and sometimes severe paralysis.
In most cases, hpp is passed down through families (inherited) as autosomal dominant. Very low blood levels of potassium during episodes of weakness results from potassium moving from the blood into muscle cells in an abnormal way.
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Dr. Andrew Dutka
Neurology

In brief: Inherited disorder

Hypokalemic periodic paralysis is an inherited disorder that results in occasions temporary paralysis.
Large meals can trigger attacks, especially the morning after. Treatment is possible with potassium supplements, or medications. It typical starts in the teens, but life span is usually normal, although persistent weakness may develop over years. It is very rarely fatal if recognized.

In brief: Inherited disorder

Hypokalemic periodic paralysis is an inherited disorder that results in occasions temporary paralysis.
Large meals can trigger attacks, especially the morning after. Treatment is possible with potassium supplements, or medications. It typical starts in the teens, but life span is usually normal, although persistent weakness may develop over years. It is very rarely fatal if recognized.
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