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What Type Of Pathogen Causes Polio
Poliomyelitis or polio is a serious infectious disease. It is transmitted person to person by oral- fecal route or contaminated water or food. It can cause serious paralysis in infected persons. There is no cure for polio, it can be prevented by polio vaccination. Polio has nearly been eradicated ...Read more
Usually none: But muscle effects should be closely monitored. ...Read more
Potentials: Statins do cause muscular adverse events, and one can experience pain, aching, weakness, and rarely, rhabdomyolysis. Most common is effect on muscle, but rarely, also, effect on peripheral nerve. Your prior polio might make the adverse events far more intense, if they occur, but there is no increased risk of muscle or nerve adverse events in those with prior polio. ...Read more
What is polio? Who gets polio? What causes polio? What are the symptoms of polio? Is there a treatment or cure for polio?
Poliomyelitis: Is a viral infection of humans that in about 1 in 100 infections will cause a febrile illness with asymmetrical weakness of muscles that if affecting the respiratory muscles may require respiratory support. In the heyday of the disease, in the 1940s and 50s, many children were placed in the old "iron lungs". There is no treatment but vaccination has basically eradicated it in the developed world. ...Read more
Can having polio that has affected the left side as a kid affect the conective tissue or cause the aorta to fail or make the tissue weak?
Not directly: It should not affect your aorta.Get a more detailed answer ›
No it can not:
Polio is caused by infection with polio vaccine and nothing else can cause it
It s preventable and has been successfully eradicated 90% in the world by polio vaccine. There has not been a case of Polio in United States since 1979, ...Read more
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
Unlikely: Polio, in its day, affected the anterior horn cell in the spinal cord, and not autonomic functions of bladder or bowel. Although, a chronic residua of polio might cause issues with aging, a change in bowel habits should not be attributed to polio unless no other answer is forthcoming. Since colon problems increase in frequency with aging, see a gastroenterologist and get evaluated. ...Read more
See below: The polio virus attacks the nerves in the spinal cord that supply the muscles. Called motor nerves. Polio does not affect the nerves that deal with sensation. When the nerves die due to the polio virus, the muscles tend to wither and that is what causes the weakness. Post polio syndrome can occur 30-40 years later with new symptoms of weakness and fatigue. It is not a reactivation of the virus. ...Read more
I have been bothered chronically with increasingly painful leg aches since I had a mild case of polio at 14. Can polio cause residual problems later?
Post-polio syndrome: Some pts who have suffered prior polio may experience additional symptoms as they age. In most cases, this does not represent recurrent viral issues, but rather a superimposed problem such as arthritis, or pinched nerves in face of prior damage, which makes all a bit worse. A neurologist may be helpful, as you need to sort out co-morbidities. ...Read more
Injected/killed: The live weakened oral polio vaccine was the USA standard from the late early 60's until the early 90's. There was a low, but real risk of polio (1/1-2 million doses) with the oral vaccine that was not present with the enhanced injected vaccine. By the late 90's, the oral polio vaccine was not available to most physicians and the injected became the standard. ...Read more
HELLO DR. D IN REFRENCE TO A RELATIVE HAVING BEEN BORN WITH POLIO IN THE LEGS AND GOUT WHAT TYPE OF EXERCISE COULD HELP THE MUSCLES IF ANY MS D?
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