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Revista médica de Chile

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FRANTCHEZ, VICTORIA; VALINO, JOSÉ; CARRACELAS, ANALÍA  and  DUFRECHOU, CARLOS. Thyrotoxic hypokalemic periodic paralysis: Report of one case. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2010, vol.138, n.11, pp.1427-1430. ISSN 0034-9887.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0034-98872010001200013.

Thyrotoxic hypokalemic periodic paralysis is characterized by attacks of generalized weakness associated to hypokalemia in patients with hyperthyroidism. We report a 25-year-old man with a history of spontaneously relapsing episodes of muscular weakness, who consulted for a rapidly evolving upper and lower limb paresis. Hypokalemia associated to a primary hyperthyroidism was detected. Treatment with antithyroid Drugs and potassium supplementation reverted symptoms and the episodes of acute muscular weakness did not reappear.

Keywords : Hypokalemia; Hypokalemic periodic paralysis; Thyrotoxicosis.

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