What internists need to know about postpolio syndrome

Cleve Clin J Med. 2002 Sep;69(9):704-6, 709-12. doi: 10.3949/ccjm.69.9.704.


Decades after recovery from polio, many patients develop new muscle weakness and other symptoms that can lead to increased debility. Treatment is aimed at the most prominent symptoms. Medications may help, as well as physical therapy and a carefully paced exercise program. Screening for osteopenia and osteoporosis is recommended.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Exercise*
  • Fatigue
  • Humans
  • Internal Medicine
  • Muscles / physiopathology
  • Osteoporosis / complications
  • Physical Therapy Modalities
  • Postpoliomyelitis Syndrome / complications
  • Postpoliomyelitis Syndrome / diagnosis*
  • Postpoliomyelitis Syndrome / physiopathology
  • Postpoliomyelitis Syndrome / therapy