Intravenous treatment of hypokalemic periodic paralysis.

  title={Intravenous treatment of hypokalemic periodic paralysis.},
  author={Robert Griggs and Jonathan Resnick and W. King Engel},
  journal={Archives of neurology},
  volume={40 9},
Acute attacks of weakness in patients with hypokalemic periodic paralysis can usually be treated with oral potassium preparations. Occasional patients, however, require intravenous (IV) potassium administration. We studied a patient with hypokalemic periodic paralysis to determine the effect of using 5% glucose as a diluent for potassium administration during acute attacks of weakness. Administration of IV potassium chloride in 5% glucose (50 mEq/L) was associated with a worsening of strength… CONTINUE READING
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