Post by neurology admin on Aug 6, 2012 7:17:05 GMT -5
Hypokalemic periodic paralysis - DOWNLOAD THE ATTACHMENT
is an inherited disorder that causes occasional episodes of muscle weakness.
It is one of a group of genetic disorders that includes hyperkalemic periodic paralysis and thyrotoxic periodic paralysis.
Hypokalemic periodic paralysis is a condition in which a person has episodes of muscle weakness and sometimes severe paralysis.
The condition is caused by a defect in the the CNA4A gene. It is congenital, which means it is present from birth. In most cases, it is passed down through families (inherited) as an autosomal dominant disorder. That means only one parent needs to pass the gene related to this condition on to you in order for you to be affected.
Occasionally, the condition may be the result of a genetic problem that is not inherited.