Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis: A case Report and Review of the Literature

  • Ahmed Awadelkareem Ahmed Awadelkareem, consultant physician , associate professor , University of Gezira .
  • Motwakil Adam Habiballah Motwakil Adam Habiballah, Registrar of general medicine
  • Ashgan SalihYousif AshganSalihYousif, Registrar of general medicine
  • Khalil Gamal Ahmed Khalil Gamal Ahmed, Medical officer


Hypokalemic periodic paralysis (hypoPP) is a disorder that causes occasional episodes of muscle weakness and sometimes a lower than normal level of potassium in the blood during the attack. HypoPP is one of a group of genetic disorders that includes hyperkalemic periodic paralysis and thyrotoxic periodic paralysis among others.

A 45 year old male presented with quadriplegia for 1 day of sudden onset following heavy exercise one day before the attack, Laboratory evaluation revealed a markedly low potassium level of 1.7 meq/L, normal thyroid function test , and normal magnesium level .

The patient's paralysis resolved during replacement of his low potassium within 48 hours of ICU admission and he was discharged with no neurologic deficits.

He has a family history of similar condition (1st and 2nd degree relatives).


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How to Cite
AWADELKAREEM, Ahmed et al. Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis: A case Report and Review of the Literature. Gezira Journal of Health Sciences, [S.l.], v. 13, n. 2, dec. 2017. ISSN 1810-5386. Available at: <http://journals.uofg.edu.sd/index.php/gjhs/article/view/898>. Date accessed: 21 feb. 2019.