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Doctor insights on: Polymyositis Related Poliomyelitis

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Is polymyositis related with poliomyelitis?

Is polymyositis related with poliomyelitis?

No: Polymyosotis is an autoimmune disease where a person's own white blood cells are attacking their muscles causing inflammation, pain, and weakness. Poliomyelitis is the disease caused by the polio virus which attacks the nerves and can leave a person with permanent weakness due to nerve damage. Very different in that it can be prevented in most people who are vaccinated against polio. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Ehman
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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


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What does "polymyositis" mean?

What does "polymyositis" mean?

Muscle inflammation: Polymyositis means inflammation of multiple msles in the body. It is a disease by itself, associated with other diseases such as rheumatologic disorders and even some cancers. ...Read more

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Can polymyositis be really painful?

Mildly painful: Polymyositis is a persistent inflammatory muscle disease that causes muscle weakness.. The signs and symptoms develop gradually. The hallmark is progressive muscle weakness, additional symptoms can include fatigue, mild joint and or muscle pain, difficulty swallowing and shortness of breath. The pain is usually mild. ...Read more

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How can a person catch poliomyelitis?

Exposure to virus: The oral secretions of an infected patient are contageous before the onset of symptoms & up to two weeks. The patients stool will contain virus for weeks. You can be exposed to droplets of a cough& the virus can be active for days at room temperature on surfaces. Touch it & touch your mouth & you are exposed. It is a human to human only germ, no pets or insects. ...Read more

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How can poliomyelitis be transmitted?

Oral secretion/stool: The virus is active in the oral secretions of an infected patient from shortly before the onset of symptoms for up to 2 weeks. It is excreted in the stool for several weeks after the onset of illness. The virus is stable for days at room temperature. Contact with any viral material on hands or inhaled as droplets can pass the infection. ...Read more

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How can humans contract poliomyelitis?

Virus: Poliomyelitis is a viral infection. It has been nearly, but not completely eradicated from the world, but there are still cases in countries such as pakistan, afghanistan and nigeria. Although, not recently seen in usa, it is still important to vaccinate for polio. Since it has not been completely eradicated it would only take a few years for it to come back if we stopped vaccinations. ...Read more

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How will I know if I have poliomyelitis?

See your doctor: Luckily, due to the effectiveness of the polio vaccine, the disease has become very uncommon in the world. As of 13 june 2012, only 73 cases have been reported in the world this year. Most of them (40) were in nigeria. If you have a concern, i would suggest seeing your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Gerald Byrne
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Polymyositis (Definition)

Polymyositis is a condition that consists of muscle pain and weakness, mainly at the thighs leading to difficulty standing, walking, and climbing stairs. Polymyositis ...Read more