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Korean J Pediatr 2011 November;54(11) :470-472.
Published online 1970 January 01.        doi:
Familial hyperkalemic periodic paralysis caused by a de novo mutation in the sodium channel gene SCN4A
Ji-Yeon Han (Han JY), June-Bum Kim (Kim JB)
Department of Pediatrics, Konyang University College of Medicine, Daejeon, Korea
Corresponding Author: June-Bum Kim ,Tel: +82-42-600-9230, Fax: +82-42-600-8835, Email:
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Familial hyperkalemic periodic paralysis (HYPP) is an autosomaldominant channelopathy characterized by transient and recurrent episodes of paralysis with concomitant hyperkalemia. Mutations in the skeletal muscle voltage-gated sodium channel gene SCN4A have been reported to be responsible for this disease. Here, we report the case of a 16-year-old girl with HYPP whose mutational analysis revealed a heterozygous c.2111C>T substitution in the SCN4A gene leading to a Thr704Met mutation in the protein sequence. The parents were clinically unaffected and did not have a mutation in the SCN4A gene. A de novo SCN4A mutation for familial HYPP has not previously been reported. The patient did not respond to acetazolamide, but showed a marked improvement in paralytic symptoms upon treatment with hydrochlorothiazide. The findings in this case indicate that a de novo mutation needs to be considered when an isolated family member is found to have a HYPP phenotype.
Keywords: Hyperkalemic periodic paralysis | Mutation | SCN4A
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