New problems in old polio patients: results of a survey of 539 polio survivors

Orthopedics. 1985 Jul;8(7):845-50. doi: 10.3928/0147-7447-19850701-06.


Presented are the results of a questionnaire survey on new health problems in 539 polio survivors. The most common new problems were fatigue, weakness in previously affected and unaffected muscles, muscle pain, and joint pain. The median time from polio to the onset of these problems ranged from 30 to 40 years. Factors at onset of polio most strongly associated with developing these new health problems were: being hospitalized, being over 10 years old, being on a ventilator, and having paralytic involvement of all four limbs. The differential diagnoses of these new problems, implications for treatment and areas for future research are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living*
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Fatigue / etiology
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Muscle Contraction
  • Pain / etiology
  • Poliomyelitis / complications*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Time Factors
  • United States
  • Ventilators, Mechanical