What is the prognosis of periodic paralyses (PP)?

Updated: Apr 30, 2018
  • Author: Naganand Sripathi, MD; Chief Editor: Nicholas Lorenzo, MD, MHA, CPE  more...
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See the list below:

  • Hyperkalemic periodic paralyses and paramyotonia congenita

    • When not associated with weakness, these usually do not interfere with ability to work.

    • Myotonia may require treatment.

    • Life expectancy is not known to be affected.

  • Hypokalemic periodic paralyses

    • Untreated patients may experience fixed proximal weakness, which may interfere with activities.

    • Several deaths have been reported, mostly related to aspiration pneumonia or inability to clear secretions.


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