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What is hypokalemic periodic paralysis and how can one get over it?

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Dr. Andrew Dutka
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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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