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Post-Polio Syndrome: Pathophysiology and Clinical Management
Anne Carrington Gawne and Lauro S. Halstead

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XIII. CONCLUSION.

We can only speculate about how these late complications will affect polio survivors; relatively few who survived the large epidemics of the 1940s and 1950s have reached their sixties and seventies, and post-polio problems have been widely recognized for study only since the early 1980s. Similarly, no group has been followed long enough to estimate the mean survival time. Future study of post-polio patients promises not only to shed light on the many unanswered questions about pathological mechanisms, best forms of treatment, the role of exercise, and long-term prognosis, but also to reveal much about the aging process in other disabled groups. Furthermore, health-care workers and policy makers should keep in mind that thousands of people who survived paralytic polio will continue to survive well into the twenty-first century.

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