hypokalemic periodic paralysis

[hī′pō-kə-lēmĭk]

n.

An inherited form of periodic paralysis characterized by attacks in which the serum potassium level is low and respiratory paralysis may occur. Onset usually occurs between the ages of 7 and 21 years.

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