There are many triggers that set the partial and total paralysis into motion. It is important to discover these triggers because we need to stop the episodes, if possible, in order to regain the quality of our lives and to prevent the damage being done to our organs as the potassium shifts and depletes in our bodies. This damage can lead to permanent weakness and disability.
In the case of people with Andersen-Tawil Syndrome, the paralysis leads to tachycardia and serious arrythmias, including long QT intervals, which can lead to cardiac arrest. Avoiding paralysis is absolutely necessary, due to these life-threatening effects.
Triggers can include: