Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine
Stroke Mimic: A Case of Unilateral Thyrotoxic Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis
- Author(s): Lajeunesse, Michael
- Young, Scott
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5811/cpcem.2019.11.44966
Thyrotoxic hypokalemic periodic paralysis (THPP) is a condition that results in transient skeletal muscle paralysis secondary to intracellular potassium sequestration. Susceptible individuals often have an underlying channelopathy, which may be exacerbated by lifestyle factors or underlying medical comorbidities such as hyperthyroidism or diarrheal illness. Classically, THPP presents with paralysis of proximal extremity musculature. In this case, we present a rare case of unilateral THPP. Such a presentation is relevant to emergency physicians as it mimics a stroke or transient ischemic attack and should be considered on the differential for unilateral neurologic deficits.