Post-poliomyelitis syndrome

Int Med Case Rep J. 2019 Aug 8;12:261-264. doi: 10.2147/IMCRJ.S219481. eCollection 2019.

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.