Thursday, June 16, 2011

Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis

Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis

Hypokalemic periodic paralysis is a rare disease in which a patient observed episodes of weakness in legs and arms. One in 100,000 peoples suffered this disease. Initially patient do not know what is happening with him, even most of the doctors are not well aware of this disease. Patients go one and another doctor and suffers a lot before this disease is diagnosed.


  • Weakness in legs and arm , which goes on and off.
  • Patient feel thirsty and drinks water again and again
  • Feels severe fatigue
  • Tiredness
  • During an acute attack patient can not swallow
  • During an abortive attack can not walk


  • The serum Potassium drops to below 3.5   (3.5-5.0 is the normal range)


  • Shift the patient to ER (emergency Room) of a good hospital
  • Generally Neurologist is dealing with these type of patients.


  • Use of laxative for long time
  • Use of Licorice
  • Rest after vigorous exercise
  • Genetically


  • Potassium supplement
  • Diamox


  • High carbohydrate diet
  • Heavy exercise

Hospital and Doctors in Karachi

  • At Aga Khan University Hospital
Dr Mughis Sheerani
Dr Sarwar Jamil Siddique
are dealing with hypokalemic periodic paralysis patients. They both are neurologist.

For More Information

This is very good website for hkpp patients.

  • For further readings

  • For medical list

  • For potassium supplements

  • My personal observations

  • Hypo Diet

  • Most of the above information provided by Ms Deborah Greant of . I am very thankful to her. She is doing a lot for hypo patients.

Video on youtube