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Postpolio Syndrome

(Postpoliomyelitis Syndrome)

By

Brenda L. Tesini

, MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Last full review/revision Jul 2021| Content last modified Jul 2021
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Postpolio syndrome is a condition of muscle fatigue and weakness that develops years or decades after a polio infection.

The diagnosis of postpolio syndrome is considered in people who have had polio and develop new symptoms of progressive weakness.

Treatment of Postpolio Syndrome

  • Supportive care

  • Physical therapy

Postpolio syndrome cannot be cured.

Treatments are supportive depending on which muscles are weak.

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