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How is post-polio syndrome diagnosed?

Diagnosis of post-polio syndrome is made by history, by clinical findings, and by ruling out other diseases that may mimic PPS. There are no specific tests to provide unquestionable confirmation of the diagnosis of PPS. The general rule is that those who were most seriously affected by the virus at initial onset and made the best recovery come to suffer the worst PPS symptoms years later. No clearcut cause for PPS has been found. There is known to be a failure at the neuromuscular junction. One idea is that nerves and muscles that have had to overwork prematurely fail, but this is unproven. There is also known to be impairment in the production of certain hormones and neurotransmitters, but whether these changes are the cause of PPS or the effect of it is unknown.


More information on post-polio syndrome (PPS)

What is post-polio syndrome (PPS)? - Post-polio syndrome (PPS) is a condition that strikes survivors of the disease polio. Polio is a disease caused by the poliovirus.
What causes post-polio syndrome? - The most accepted theory regarding the cause of PPS rests on the idea of degenerating nerve cells. The body's ability to compensate for destroyed nerves may begin to fail.
What're the symptoms of post-polio syndrome? - Major symptoms of post-polio syndrome include muscle pain, weakness, fatigue and, in some cases, wasting (atrophy) of the muscles.
How is post-polio syndrome diagnosed? - Diagnosis of post-polio syndrome is made by history, by clinical findings, and by ruling out other diseases that may mimic PPS.
What is the treatment for post-polio syndrome? - There is no specific treatment for post-polio syndrome. Physical therapy may be used to increase muscle strength and endurance.
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