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Post-Polio Syndrome

What is Post-Polio Syndrome?

Post-polio syndrome is a condition that affects polio survivors anywhere from 10 to 40 years after recovery from an initial paralytic attack of the poliomyelitis virus. Post-polio syndrome is characterized by a further weakening of muscles that were previously affected by the polio infection.

Post-polio syndrome is a very slowly progressing condition marked by long periods of stability.  The severity of post-polio syndrome depends on the degree of the residual weakness and disability an individual has after the original polio attack.

People who had only minimal symptoms from the original attack and subsequently develop post-polio syndrome will most likely experience only mild post-polio syndrome symptoms. People originally hit hard by the polio virus, who were left with severe residual weakness, may develop a more severe case of post-polio syndrome with a greater loss of muscle function, difficulty in swallowing, and more periods of fatigue

Post-polio syndrome is rarely life-threatening. Post-polio syndrome is also called PPS.

Symptoms of Post-Polio Syndrome

Some of the symptoms of post-polio syndrome are:

  • unexplained fatigue
  • new weakness in muscles
  • pain in muscles or joint
  • scoliosis
  • breathing difficulties
  • swallowing problems
  • depression
  • muscle spasms/twitching
  • sleep problems
  • anxiety
  • weakness and muscle atrophy

Can Post-Polio Syndrome be Treated?

Post-polio syndrome can be treated . Treatments are focused on reducing the severity of the symptoms.

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