Diverse phenotype of hypokalaemic periodic paralysis within a family

Albi Jose Chalissery, Tudor Munteanu, Yvonne Langan, Francesca Brett, Janice Redmond
Practical Neurology 2018, 18 (1): 60-65
Hypokalaemic periodic paralysis typically presents with intermittent mild-to-moderate weakness lasting hours to days. We report a case with an uncommon phenotype of late-onset myopathy without episodic paralytic attacks. Initial work-up including muscle biopsy was inconclusive. A subsequent review of the right deltoid biopsy, long exercise testing and repeated family history was helpful, followed by appropriate genetic testing. We identified a heterozygous pathogenic mutation in calcium ion channel ( CACNA1S :c.1583G>A p.Arg528His) causing hypokalaemic periodic paralysis. Myopathy can present without episodic paralysis and the frequency of paralytic episodes does not correlate well with the development and progression of a fixed myopathy. Our report also highlights the intrafamilial phenotypic variation of hypokalaemic periodic paralysis secondary to a CACNA1S gene mutation.

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