Hypokalemic periodic paralysis

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Hypokalemic periodic paralysis

Hypokalemic periodic paralysis is a condition that causes episodes of extreme muscle weakness typically beginning in childhood or adolescence. Most often, these episodes involve a temporary inability to move muscles in the arms and legs. The duration and frequency of the episodes may vary. Hypokalemic periodic paralysis is caused by mutations in the CACNA1S and SCN4A genes which are inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion. A small percentage of people with the characteristic features of hypokalemic periodic paralysis do not have identified mutations in these genes. In these cases, the cause of the condition is unknown.  Paralytic crises can be treated with oral or IV potassium. Other management includes prevention of crises and support of specific symptoms.
 

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Periodic Paralysis International

Our Mission statement is to disseminate timely, medically accurate and useful information, to provide supportive services, and to encourage research which enhances the quality of life for people with the skeletal muscle ion channelopathies classified as the periodic paralyses.

Last Updated: 12 Feb 2013

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Periodic Paralysis International

Our Mission statement is to disseminate timely, medically accurate and useful information, to provide supportive services, and to encourage research which enhances the quality of life for people with the skeletal muscle ion channelopathies classified as the periodic paralyses.

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Last Updated: 12 Feb 2013

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The terms "Hypokalemic periodic paralysis" returned 50 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Possible brugada phenocopy induced by hypokalemia in a patient with congenital hypokalemic periodic paralysis.
 

Author(s): Daniel D Anselm, Natalia Rodriguez Genaro, Adrian Baranchuk

Journal: Arq. Bras. Cardiol.. 2014 Jan;102(1):104.

 

Last Updated: 21 Mar 2014

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Hypokalemic periodic paralysis as first sign of thyrotoxicosis.
 

Author(s): R A Trifanescu, R Danciulescu Miulescu, M Carsote, C Poiana

Journal: J Med Life. 2013 Mar;6(1):72-5.

 

periodic paralysis related to hypokalemia is seldom reported in thyrotoxicosis, and it usually occurs in Asian males.

Last Updated: 19 Apr 2013

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[A case report of thyrotoxic hypokalemic periodic paralysis].
 

Author(s): Francisco Javier Pinel-Rios, Guillermina Garcia-Martin, Vicente Serrano-Castro, Manuel Romero-Acebal

Journal: Rev Neurol. 2013 Apr;56(8):441-2.

 

Last Updated: 9 Apr 2013

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The terms "Hypokalemic periodic paralysis" returned 3 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Extracellular potassium homeostasis: insights from hypokalemic periodic paralysis.
 

Author(s): Chih-Jen Cheng, Elizabeth Kuo, Chou-Long Huang

Journal: Semin. Nephrol.. 2013 May;33(3):237-47.

 

Extracellular potassium makes up only about 2% of the total body's potassium store. The majority of the body potassium is distributed in the intracellular space, of which about 80% is in skeletal muscle. Movement of potassium in and out of skeletal muscle thus plays a pivotal role ...

Last Updated: 19 Aug 2013

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[Thyrotoxic hypokalemic periodic paralysis, an endocrine emergency: clinical and genetic features in 25 patients].
 

Author(s): Magnus R Dias da Silva, Maria Izabel Chiamolera, Teresa S Kasamatsu, Janete M Cerutti, Rui M B Maciel

Journal: Arq Bras Endocrinol Metabol. 2004 Feb;48(1):196-215.

 

Thyrotoxic hypokalemic periodic paralysis (THPP) is a medical emergency characterized by acute attacks of weakness, hypokalemia, and thyrotoxicosis that resolve with the treatment of hyperthyroidism. Attacks are transient, self-limited, associated with hypokalemia and resemble those ...

Last Updated: 21 Dec 2004

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Skeletal muscle sodium current is reduced in hypokalemic periodic paralysis.
 

Author(s): R L Ruff

Journal: Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.. 2000 Aug;97(18):9832-3.

 

Last Updated: 5 Oct 2000

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