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My son has hypokalemic periodic paralysis. Where do I start?

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Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics
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This is a rare inherited muscle disorder.Hypokalemic periodic paralysis causes muscle weakness/paralysis when potassium level in the blood drops.
Attacks maybe mild to severe, lasting for hours to days and months.Weakness often affects muscles of the arms.Legs.At times trunk .Back muscles w complications.Best place for treatment is your family physician.Learn what your triggers are .Avoid them.

In brief: Find a doctor

This is a rare inherited muscle disorder.Hypokalemic periodic paralysis causes muscle weakness/paralysis when potassium level in the blood drops.
Attacks maybe mild to severe, lasting for hours to days and months.Weakness often affects muscles of the arms.Legs.At times trunk .Back muscles w complications.Best place for treatment is your family physician.Learn what your triggers are .Avoid them.
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Dr. Charlene Sojico
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Replace potassium

When potassium levels are severely depressed, periodic paralysis results.
Immediate treatment is replacement of potassium. Then a search for the underlying cause should be done. Typical examples are nasogastric suction, profuse diarrhea, marked vomiting, uncontrolled diabetes or diuretic use. Adrenal hyperplasia or adenoma are rare causes.

In brief: Replace potassium

When potassium levels are severely depressed, periodic paralysis results.
Immediate treatment is replacement of potassium. Then a search for the underlying cause should be done. Typical examples are nasogastric suction, profuse diarrhea, marked vomiting, uncontrolled diabetes or diuretic use. Adrenal hyperplasia or adenoma are rare causes.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Dr. Bennett Werner
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