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A case of acute paraplegia that improved with dialysis

Author(s): Rajendiran Govarthanan | Jayabalan Rajamahesh | Chandrahasan Saravanan | Mani Ashwin

Journal: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
ISSN 0972-5229

Volume: 12;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 39;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Acute paraplegia | hemodialysis | hyperkalemia

Acute severe hyperkalemia can present as acute paraplegia independent of cardiac effects, even though cardiac muscle is more sensitive to serum potassium changes. We managed a patient with acute hyperkalemic paralysis who did not have threatening cardiac/electrocardiographic manifestations. The limb weakness became normal after hemodialysis.
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