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Can poliomyelitis be genetic?

Can poliomyelitis be genetic?

No: Poliomyelitis occurs as a rare response to infection by one of 3 subtypes of the polio virus. These viruses commonly live in the intestinal tract and when common, 95% of those infected had no symptoms.Of those who developed the disease, the active distruction of nerve cells and eventual atrophy(shrinkage) of muscles the nerves supplied produced long term disability. ...Read more

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Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


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What are the tests for poliomyelitis?

What are the tests for poliomyelitis?

See below:: Tests include: cultures of throat washings, stools, or cerebrospinal fluid (csf); routine CSF examination; test for levels of antibodies to the polio virus. A physician may find: abnormal reflexes; back stiffness; difficulty lifting the head or legs when lying flat on the back; stiff neck ; & trouble bending the neck. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of poliomyelitis?

What are the symptoms of poliomyelitis?

Depends on type: There are two forms of poliomyelitis- the first does not cause long term muscle and nerve damage and has symptoms such as fever, headaches and GI symptoms- the paralytic form may have those symptoms plus signs of muscle weakness and floppy arms or legs Here is a helpful summary http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/polio/basics/symptoms/CON-20030957 ...Read more

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I've heard different things. What exactly is poliomyelitis?

I've heard different things. What exactly is poliomyelitis?

Also called Polio: Poliomyelitis refers to the infection of the motor nerves of spinal cord, and brainstem caused by the polio virus. It was not uncommon to have polio before the salk vaccine. Actual 'poliomyelitis' in which the spinal cord and brainstem were injured to the point of paralysis occurred in .1 to 2.0 percent of infected individuals. ...Read more

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Is poliomyelitis curable?

Is poliomyelitis curable?

Prevention is best: The response to polio infection is unpredictable. If you are in the 5-10% of unimmunized folks that develop poliomyelitis, treatment is limited to supportive care.The diseases distroys nerves in the brain or spinal cord and survival depends mostly on what nerves are distroyed & complications.If you survive for >2wks your future may require extensive rehab and assistive devices. Get vaccinated! ...Read more

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What is the treatment of poliomyelitis?

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What is the treatment of poliomyelitis?

Polio: Treatment is supportive, such as Antibiotics to prevent infection in weak muscles, Analgesics for pain, Moderate exercise, & a nutritious diet , along with Rehabilitation such as Physical therapy. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for poliomyelitis?

What is the treatment for poliomyelitis?

See below:: The goal of treatment is to control symptoms while the infection runs its course. People with severe cases may need lifesaving measures, especially breathing help. Symptoms are treated based on their severity. Treatment may include: antibiotics for urinary infections, pain meds, physical rx, orthopedic surgery assistance with muscle recovery/strength. ...Read more

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What is the classification for polio (poliomyelitis)?

What is the classification for polio (poliomyelitis)?

Viral infection: Polio is essentially nonexistent in most of the world, but persists in Iran. It was a viral infection affecting children during mainly warmer weather. It predominantly attacked motor nerve cells in spinal cord, and in some cases afflicted breathing, requiring an "iron lung". The Salk and Sabin vaccines stopped the disease COLD!!! ...Read more

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What are the signs of poliomyelitis?

What are the signs of poliomyelitis?

Flu-like symptoms of: sore throat, fever, nausea & vomiting in some, but infection with any serotype of poliovirus may not cause any symptoms in an immune-competent person. If the virus causes meningitis, add headache, stiff/sore neck & back, lethargy & risk of paralysis of the legs & other muscles including the diaphragm. I've seen kids die of poliomyelitis & other vaccine-preventable illnesses. I may see it again. ...Read more

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Poliomyelitis (Definition)

Poliomyelitis is a viral disease that often affects nerves. It can produce either a partial or complete inability to move (paralysis). The virus that causes the disease can be spread through person-to-person contact as well as through contact with infected bodily substances. The polio vaccine is a ...Read more