Prevalence and Incidence of Post-polio syndrome
Post-polio syndrome: Rare Disease
Post-polio syndrome is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of
Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health
(NIH). This means that Post-polio syndrome, or a subtype of Post-polio syndrome,
affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Prevalance of Post-polio syndrome:
Doctors estimate the
incidence of PPS at about 25 percent of the survivor population.
(Source: excerpt from NINDS Post-Polio Syndrome Information Page: NINDS)
About prevalence and incidence statistics:
The term 'prevalence' of Post-polio syndrome usually refers to the estimated population
of people who are managing Post-polio syndrome at any given time.
The term 'incidence' of Post-polio syndrome refers to the annual diagnosis rate,
or the number of new cases of Post-polio syndrome diagnosed each year.
Hence, these two statistics types can differ:
a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence,
but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence.
For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.