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Geriatrics 2017, 2(2), 14; doi:10.3390/geriatrics2020014

Diagnosing Post-Polio Syndrome in the Elderly, a Case Report

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Department of Internal Medicine, Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33612, USA
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Internal Medicine, James A Haley Veterans’ Hospital, Tampa, FL 33612, USA
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Received: 17 March 2017 / Revised: 22 April 2017 / Accepted: 25 April 2017 / Published: 30 April 2017
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Abstract

Poliomyelitis is a disorder of the nervous system caused by an enterovirus. There are many survivors who, years later, develop a little-understood condition called Post-polio syndrome. Post-polio syndrome is a group of delayed sequalae of polio infection that can cause paralysis and bulbar symptoms in patients with a history of polio infection who have had a prolonged symptom-free period, often greater than two decades. Diagnosis of post-polio syndrome is difficult in the geriatric population because many of the symptoms overlap with other disease processes affecting older individuals. An extensive workup is necessary to exclude more concerning etiologies. Furthermore, several symptoms can be attributed to normal ageing. We present the case of an elderly patient with a history of poliomyelitis and multiple comorbidities who presented with complaints of weakness and fatigue. View Full-Text
Keywords: neurology; ambulatory care; comorbidity; primary care; geriatrics neurology; ambulatory care; comorbidity; primary care; geriatrics
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Amole, M.; Khouzam-Skelton, N. Diagnosing Post-Polio Syndrome in the Elderly, a Case Report. Geriatrics 2017, 2, 14.

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