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


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.


Acute flaccid paralysis; hyperkalemia; quadriparesis

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