The late effects of Polio Information for Health Care Providers
It is well established that residual problems from previous paralytic polio may give rise to physical disability and pain - so-called residual polio (RP). Examples of such problems are: muscle paralysis/paresis, skeletal deformities, ligamentous laxity, ligamentous contractures, osteoporosis, degenerative changes of joints, respiratory insufficiency and circulatory disturbances.
It is also well established that an unexpected second degenerative phase may occur many years after recovery from acute poliomyelitis - the late effects of polio (LEOP).
The diagnosis of these two conditions is difficult due to:
A flow-chart for the possible association between a history of polio and symptoms from residual polio (RP) and the late effects of polio (LEOP) is shown below:
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Document preparation: Chris
Think-tank, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Created: 7th July 1997
Last modification: 20th January 2010.
Last information content change: 6th June 2000