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What are the symptoms of post-polio syndrome?

What are the symptoms of post-polio syndrome?

Twitching and weakne: The main symptoms are muscle twitching and new onset of weakness which may be progressive long after a person has had polio. The person should consult a neurologist for management suggestions. ...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 are the common symptoms of post-polio syndrome?

Weakness : Pps causes weakness, fatigue and atrophy of muscles that were affected by polio decades before. Pain can occur as well. ...Read more

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Are Parkinson's symptoms & post-polio syndrome symptoms similar?

Are Parkinson's symptoms & post-polio syndrome symptoms similar?

They are different!: Post-polio symptoms emanate from neural changes in the spine, while Dopamine depletion in the substantia nigra is the cause for parkinson's. Stumbling and awkward motion can be common to both, but in the end they are distinctly different. ...Read more

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Can people who have had polio with no symptoms, or flu-like illness ('abortive infection') - 95% have post polio syndrome?

Can people who have had polio with no symptoms, or flu-like illness ('abortive infection') - 95% have post polio syndrome?

No not true: Oeople who had asymptomatic polio myelitis with just flu like illness and no neyrological deficit means their anterior horn cells and other neurological areas like brain stem etc were not attacked and they will lead normal life an will not get post polio syndrome.Only 1% ofcases virus enters the nervous system, destroying the neurons and causing paralysis and lasting muscle weakness;later pps. ...Read more

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What is post-polio syndrome?

What is post-polio syndrome?

In Polio Survivors: Post polio syndrome comprise of group of symptoms that affects people with past history of Polio the survived from acute attack many years ago. Most will experience gradual muscle weakness in muscles that were affected by Polio. Symptoms are progressive muscle weakness,fatigue,joint degeneration and deformities like scoliosis.Symptoms vary from person to person.It is rarely life threatening. ...Read more

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What is post-polio syndrome?

People who had polio: Post polio syndrom is a condition affecting people who have had polio in the past. Usually in adulthood, they may experience progressive additional weakness. ...Read more

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What causes "post-polio syndrome"?

Polio + aging: Post-polio syndrome results in spinal motor neurons (those that supply voluntary muscles) which were affected often decades earlier by polio virus to degenerate & stop functioning normally. Theory is that the neuron is weakened & now succumbing to continuing muscle use which overtaxes the neuron metabolism. Reduced activity is the only remedy but won't reverse damage already done. ...Read more

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Dr. Ralph Wharton
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Post Polio Syndrome (Definition)

Post-polio syndrome is a condition that affects people who were previously infected with polio, causing worsening paralysis and weakness. It occurs in nearly half of those infected with polio, and typically occurs twenty to thirty years ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Infantile Paralysis (Definition)

Infantile paralysis, also called polio, is an infection with the poliovirus causing muscle weakness and paralysis. Polio is rare now with vaccination, and paralysis is also an uncommon symptom, affecting only a ...Read more