Author: Dylan Luyten , MD
- Rare autosomal dominant condition that is often misdiagnosed as a psychiatric illness.
- Presents as profound muscle weakness with frank paralysis that is often precipitated by vigorous exercise, high carb diet, high sodium load, or by high temperatures.
- Supplemental potassium can rapidly reverse symptoms.
- Important to rule out thyrotoxicosis (get a TSH!).
- Prevention is key: adhering to a low carb and low sodium diet with supplemental potassium can help prevent episodes.
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