Thyrotoxic hypokalemic periodic paralysis: An overlooked pathology in western countries.

@article{Pompeo2007ThyrotoxicHP,
  title={Thyrotoxic hypokalemic periodic paralysis: An overlooked pathology in western countries.},
  author={Arsenio Pompeo and Amleto Nepa and Maurizio Maddestra and Vincenzo Feliziani and Nicola Genovesi},
  journal={European journal of internal medicine},
  year={2007},
  volume={18 5},
  pages={
          380-90
        }
}
Thyrotoxic hypokalemic periodic paralysis (THPP) is a complication of hyperthyroidism that is mostly diagnosed in Asian populations; consequently, it can be difficult to recognize in western populations. THPP represents an endocrine emergency that can result in respiratory insufficiency, cardiac arrhythmias, and death. Its differential diagnosis from the other more common forms of hypokalemic paralysis is important to avoid inappropriate therapy. Here, we discuss the main pathogenetic… CONTINUE READING
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