Hypokalemic PP

Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis

Hypokalemic periodic paralysis (HypoKPP) is one of the primary forms of periodic paralysis, caused by one or more mutations in the calcium, sodium or potassium ion channels in muscle membrane.

Features of Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis

There are two forms of HypoKPP, a paralytic form and a myopathic form.

Anaesthesia and peri-operative care in the primary Periodic Paralysis Disorders

Adverse reactions to anaesthesia, including life-threatening events, are a serious concern for patients with Periodic Paralysis Disorders. Many of our patients report serious events associated with anesthesia and side effects which may linger for days to months.

There is rarely time for a surgical team to comb through journals and texts for the specialized knowledge needed to care for the patient with periodic paralysis.

Nutrient Intake Calculator

Optimum Nutrition is important for maintanence of health. Make sure you are eating a healthy diet!

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All the nutrients in almost any food.

Sodium Intake should be kept below 2 grams daily for HypoKPP patients.

Sodium content in many different foods 

Converting Mg of Potassium to MeQ or MmoL


Source: Levitt, Jacob O, Practical aspects in the management of hypokalemic periodic paralysis. Journal of Translational Medicine 2008, 6:18 doi:10.1186/1479-5876-6-18:

The Use of Bactrim in the Periodic Paralyses

The antibiotic Bactrim is well-known to produce muscle weakness, even paralysis in patients with Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis.

Dichlorphenamide: A Review in Primary Periodic Paralyses.

Dichlorphenamide: A Review in Primary Periodic Paralyses. Greig SL; Drugs. 2016 Mar;76(4):501-7. doi: 10.1007/s40265-016-0559-2.


GUIDELINES ved indlæggelse for Hypokalemisk Periodika Paralyse Patient

GUIDELINES ved indlæggelse for Hypokalemisk Periodika Paralyse Patient

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Akut behandling af et hypokalemisk paralytisk anfald

Akut behandling af et hypokalemisk paralytisk anfald

Første skridt:
1. Åndedræts- eller hjerteanfald er mulige
2. Tjek hjerte og vejrtrækning - dilatation i hjertet kan forårsage høj puls og lavt blodtryk.
3. Foretag måling af hjerterytme/EKG.
4. Mål elektrolytter for at bestemme serum K+
5. Giv ilt - blodprøve fra fingeren afspejler måske ikke iltmætningen pga. dilatation
6. Anbring patienten som ved koma for at undgå kvælning.

Practical Aspects in the management of Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis

This comprehensive article, written by a practicing physician who has hypokalemic periodic paralysis enables the GP or Neurologist who has never encountered a patient with the disease before to manage them with confidence.

Patient Medical Information Template in Spanish

Our Spanish-speaking patients may access the Spanish language Medical Information Template. It is in Open Document Format, so patients can add their own information to the template. Thanks to Barbara Baker and friends for translating our Patient's Information Sheet for us.


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