Poliomyelitis: late respiratory complications and management

Orthopedics. 1985 Jul;8(7):891-4. doi: 10.3928/0147-7447-19850701-14.


One hundred forty-six respiratory polios have been reviewed for complications and current respiratory aids. One hundred thirty-eight of these people required respirator assistance at the onset of their poliomyelitis infection. Fifteen patients have kyphoscoliosis. Seventy-five percent of the total patients require some assisted ventilation. Fifty-two percent have tracheostomies. Most of these people have been followed at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center for many years. The literature regarding late respiratory complications of polio is reviewed.

MeSH terms

  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Kyphosis / etiology
  • Poliomyelitis / complications*
  • Poliomyelitis / physiopathology
  • Poliomyelitis / therapy
  • Respiration Disorders / etiology*
  • Respiration Disorders / physiopathology
  • Respiration Disorders / therapy
  • Respiration, Artificial
  • Scoliosis / etiology
  • Time Factors
  • Tracheotomy
  • Ventilators, Mechanical
  • Vital Capacity