Recognizing thyrotoxic hypokalemic periodic paralysis

Kamini Patel, Jonathan V. McCoy, Patrick M. Davis

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Thyrotoxic hypokalemic periodic paralysis (THPP) is a rare but potentially serious complication of thyrotoxicosis. The resulting muscle weakness is profound, associated with more severe hypokalemia, yet reversible. However, clinicians must be cautious because patients can develop life-threatening hyperkalemia during treatment. Underlying causes should be investigated as repeated episodes of THPP may occur.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-34
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nurse Assisting


  • Graves disease
  • acute flaccid paralysis
  • hyperthyroidism
  • hypokalemia
  • rebound
  • thyrotoxic periodic paralysis


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