Post-Polio Syndrome, Implications for Geriatric Care
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Purpose of Review
Post-polio syndrome (PPS) is commonly experienced by geriatric patients with a history of acute paralytic poliomyelitis. The goal of this review is to educate clinicians about the clinical presentation and diagnostic criteria for PPS as well as explore established and experimental treatment options.
On review of the literature, there is no new research identifying effective interventions for PPS.
The paucity of recent studies is not surprising since polio patients are diminishing in number. There is some hope that interventions for other similar conditions may cross over and show some utility for PPS. In lieu of further treatment options, clinicians should be comfortable educating their patients on the course of the disease and providing supportive management such as physical therapy and bracing.
KeywordsPost-polio syndrome Post-poliomyelitis syndrome
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