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A practical approach to the late effects of Polio
Charlotte Leboeuf

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4 WHAT DOES "THE LATE EFFECTS OF POLIO" MEAN?

It is important to distinguish between the residual effects of polio and the late effects of polio .

RESIDUAL EFFECTS OF POLIO include:

If you had polio you may experience some or all of the above.

THE LATE EFFECTS OF POLIO (LEOP) are new symptoms. They occur after a period of maximum recovery in people whose condition has remained stable over a fairly long period. This is thought to be due to a second slowly progressing degenerative phase, which may become apparent many years after the initial infection. Common symptoms of LEOP are reported to be:

Only some people who previously had polio experience the late effects of polio. It is possible to have symptoms from only one of these groups or from several.

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