On the beneficial action of acetazolamide in hypokalemic periodic paralysis: study of the carbohydrate metabolism

R. J. Viskoper, J. Fidel, T. Horn

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Abstract

Carbohydrate metabolism was studied in a family (a mother and her three sons) suffering from hypokalemic periodic paralysis. The levels of insulin, growth hormone, and 11 oxycorticosteroid were found to be normal. Glucose load did not induce hypokalemia, nor did it cause muscle weakness. Electromyographic examinations performed in three of the patients showed a paucity of functioning motor units in each patient. The disturbed EMG improved considerably during acetazolamide treatment and in response to an ammonium chloride load.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-129
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences
Volume266
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1973
Externally publishedYes

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