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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 45-47

An interesting case of quadriparesis

1 Professor, MVJ MC & RH
2 Sr. Resident, MVJ MC & RH
3 Jr. Resident, Dept of General Medicine, MVJ MC & RH

Correspondence Address:
R Gourav Dasgupta
Junior Resident, Dept of General Medicine MVJ MC & RH

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DOI: 10.4103/2666-1802.258857

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Thyrotoxic periodic paralysis disorder is most commonly seen in Asian men characterized by abrupt onset of hypokalemia & paralysis. Paralytic attacks are characterized by reversible flaccid paralysis usually leading to paraparesis or quadriparesis. Here is an interesting case of quadriparesis in a 34 years old male patient presenting with chief complaints of weakness of both upper & lower limbs since 2 days. He had hypokalemic periodic paralysis with only biochemical evidence of hyperthyroid state & no overt features of thyrotoxicosis. He was treated with intravenous potassium & was symptomatically better. In cases of recurrent or acute flaccid muscle paralysis, it is important to suspect thyrotoxicosis, even if asymptomatic & definitive treatment of thyrotoxicosis prevents recurrence.

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