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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
  • Postpoliomyelitis syndrome
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Overview

Post polio syndrome (PPS) is a condition that affects polio survivors anywhere from 10 to 40 years after recovery from an initial paralytic attack of the poliomyelitis virus. PPS is characterized by a further weakening of muscles that were previously affected by the polio infection. Symptoms include fatigue, slowly progressive muscle weakness and, at times, muscular atrophy. Joint pain and increasing skeletal deformities such as scoliosis are common. Some patients experience only minor symptoms, while others develop spinal muscular atrophy, and very rarely, what appears to be, but is not, a form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig's disease. PPS is rarely life-threatening.[1]
Last updated: 9/7/2010

References

  1. NINDS Post-Polio Syndrome Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). 2010; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/post_polio/post_polio.htm. Accessed 9/7/2010.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Polio late effects
  • Post-polio muscular atrophy
  • Post-polio sequelae
  • Post-poliomyelitic syndrome
  • Postpoliomyelitis syndrome
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.