Hyperthyroid hypokalemic periodic paralysis

Pak J Med Sci. 2016 Jul-Aug;32(4):1051-2. doi: 10.12669/pjms.324.11006.


Hyperthyroid periodic paralysis (HPP) is a rare life threatening complication of hyperthyroidism commonly occurring in young Asian males but sporadically found in other races. It is characterised by hypokalemia and acute onset paraparesis with prevalence of one in one hundred thousand (1 in 100000). The symptoms resolve promptly with potassium supplementation. Nonselective beta blockers like propranol can also be used to ameliorate and prevent subsequent paralytic attack. We report a case of 22 year old male presenting with hyperthyroid periodic paralysis (HPP) having very low serum potassium level.

Keywords: Hyperthyroid periodic paralysis; Hypokalemia.

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