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Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences
School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia
ISSN: 1394-195X
Vol. 20, No. 1, 2013, pp. 81-83
Bioline Code: mj13011
Full paper language: English
Document type: Case Report
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Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 20, No. 1, 2013, pp. 81-83

 en A 32-year-old Man with Normokalemic Thyrotoxic Periodic Paralysis
Valizadeh, Neda & Zarrin, Sahar


Thyrotoxic Periodic Paralysis (TPP) is a rare and life threatening condition commonly occurring in young Asian males. It is characterized by acute paralytic attacks and hypokalemia in association with thyrotoxicosis. Serum potassium levels may be normal in rare cases of TPP. The diagnosis of normokalemic TPP may be overlooked and/or delayed in most cases. Here, we describe a 32-year-old Iranian man with normokalemic TPP misdiagnosed as somatization disorder with the correct diagnosis made one year after the onset of symptoms.

hypokalemia, hypokalemic periodic paralysis, thyrotoxic periodic paralysis, normokalemic, periodic paralysis

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