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Post Polio syndrome


Other Names for this Disease

  • Polio late effects
  • Post-polio muscular atrophy
  • Post-polio sequelae
  • Post-poliomyelitic syndrome
  • Postpolio syndrome
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Overview

Post polio syndrome (PPS) is a condition that affects polio survivors years after recovery from the initial polio illness.[1] Symptoms and severity vary among affected people and may include muscle weakness and a gradual decrease in the size of muscles (atrophy); muscle and joint pain; fatigue; difficulty with gait; respiratory problems; and/or swallowing problems.[1][2] Only a polio survivor can develop PPS. While polio is a contagious disease, PPS is not.[1] The exact cause of PPS years after the first episode of polio is unclear, although several theories have been proposed.[3][2] Treatment focuses on reducing symptoms and improving quality of life.[1]
Last updated: 11/5/2014

References

  1. Post-Polio Syndrome Fact Sheet. NINDS. April 16, 2014; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/post_polio/detail_post_polio.htm. Accessed 11/5/2014.
  2. Divakara Kedlaya. Postpolio Syndrome. Medscape Reference. November 25, 2013; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/306920-overview. Accessed 11/5/2014.
  3. Post-polio Syndrome. Mayo Clinic. June 11, 2014; http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/post-polio-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20021725. Accessed 11/5/2014.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Polio late effects
  • Post-polio muscular atrophy
  • Post-polio sequelae
  • Post-poliomyelitic syndrome
  • Postpolio syndrome
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