Hypokalemic paralysis in association with acute gastroenteritis: a report of a sporadic case

Acta Paediatr Jpn. 1998 Apr;40(2):143-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-200x.1998.tb01899.x.


Hypokalemic periodic paralysis is a condition, characterized by episodic weakness of the skeletal muscle. It may be presented as familial or sporadic (secondary). In sporadic cases, the patient may present with paralysis without any previous self or familial history. It is known that these patients are more susceptible to hypokalemia than normal individuals. In low serum K+ concentrations that the normal population can tolerate, these patients may easily suffer from paralysis. A sporadic case of hypokalemic quadriparesis associated with acute gastroenteritis without any self or family history is reported. The patient had experienced two episodes of quadriparesis within a short interval and responded dramatically to potassium replacement therapy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Child
  • Gastroenteritis / complications*
  • Humans
  • Hypokalemia / complications*
  • Male
  • Paralysis / etiology*