Post Polio syndrome
Other Names for this Disease
- Post-poliomyelitic syndrome
- Postpoliomyelitis syndrome
- Post-polio muscular atrophy
- Post-polio sequelae
- Polio late effects
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polio survivors years after recovery from the initial polio illness. 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. Only a polio survivor can develop PPS. While polio is a contagious disease, PPS is not. The exact cause of PPS years after the first episode of polio is unclear, although several theories have been proposed. Treatment focuses on reducing symptoms and improving quality of life.Post polio syndrome (PPS) is a condition that affects
Last updated: 11/5/2014
- 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.
- Divakara Kedlaya. Postpolio Syndrome. Medscape Reference. November 25, 2013; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/306920-overview. Accessed 11/5/2014.
- 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.
- MayoClinic.com has an information page on Post Polio syndrome.
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