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Indian J Crit Care Med. 2014 Jan;18(1):46-8. doi: 10.4103/0972-5229.125439.

Hyperkalemia: A rare cause of acute flaccid quadriparesis.

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1
Department of Critical Care Medicine, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket, New Delhi, India.
2
Department of Neurology, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket, New Delhi, India.

Abstract

Acute flaccid quadriparesis secondary to hyperkalemia is a very rare and serious but reversible medical emergency. We present a case of a 73-year-old female who was admitted with rapidly progressive ascending paraparesis progressing to quadriparesis in about 10 h due to hyperkalemia. Patient was treated with antihyperkalemic measures. Her power improved dramatically as potassium levels normalized and she had an uneventful recovery.

KEYWORDS:

Acute flaccid paralysis; hyperkalemia; quadriparesis

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