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Post-poliomyelitis syndrome

Authors Chu ECP, Lam KKW

Received 16 June 2019

Accepted for publication 31 July 2019

Published 8 August 2019 Volume 2019:12 Pages 261—264


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Ronald Prineas

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Eric Chun Pu Chu,1 Kary Ka Wai Lam2

1New York Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Center, New York Medical Group, Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China; 2Downtown Chiropractic Limited, Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China

Abstract: Most developed countries eliminated paralytic poliomyelitis (polio) in the 1970s to 1980s. It was believed that after recovery from acute paralytic poliomyelitis, the physical condition of survivors would remain stable for the rest of their lives. However, the elimination of polio does not equate the end of medical management of polio. Hundreds of thousands of polio survivors worldwide are still at risk of developing the late effects of the disease. Here, we report a case of post-polio syndrome who attended our clinic for the presence of new weakness and neuromuscular problems six decades after recovery from paralytic polio. It is essential that health professionals be aware of these conditions and have an understanding of the underlying pathophysiology of the symptoms.

Keywords: late effects of polio, paralytic poliomyelitis, polio survivor, post-polio syndrome

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