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Post-Polio Syndrome


The symptoms of post-polio syndrome can vary in number and severity between different people with the condition. Some patients experience only minor symptoms of post-polio syndrome, while others develop more severe symptoms.
Common post-polio syndrome symptoms can include:
  • Slowly progressive muscle weakness
  • Loss of muscle
  • Unaccustomed fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Increasing skeletal deformities such as scoliosis.

Diagnosing Post-Polio Syndrome

In order to make a diagnosis of post-polio syndrome, the doctor will ask the patient a number of questions, perform a physical exam, and recommend certain tests looking for signs and symptoms of post-polio syndrome. Some of these tests may include:
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Neuroimaging tests
  • Electromyography (EMG).
These tests can help diagnose post-polio syndrome (or even another medical condition), but they do not identify survivors at greatest risk for new progression of muscle weakness.
Before making a diagnosis, the doctor will also consider other medical conditions that can share similar symptoms with post-polio syndrome. Some of these conditions include:

Treatment Options

Currently, there is no cure for post-polio syndrome. Therefore, treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms. Some treatment options for this condition include lifestyle changes and support. Research scientists continue to actively look for other post-polio treatment options.


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