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Polio: Introduction

Polio: Dangerous virus now rare due to vaccination. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Polio is available below.

Symptoms of Polio

Treatments for Polio

Home Diagnostic Testing

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Polio?

Polio: Related Patient Stories

Polio: Deaths

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Types of Polio

  • Paralytic poliomyelitis
  • Vaccine-associated paralytic poliomyelitis (VAPP)
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Polio: Complications

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Causes of Polio

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Disease Topics Related To Polio

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Polio: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Polio

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Polio: Research Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Polio

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Prognosis for Polio

Research about Polio

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Clinical Trials for Polio

The US based website lists information on both federally and privately supported clinical trials using human volunteers.

Some of the clinical trials listed on for Polio include:

Prevention of Polio

Prevention information for Polio has been compiled from various data sources and may be inaccurate or incomplete. None of these methods guarantee prevention of Polio.

Statistics for Polio

Polio: Broader Related Topics

Polio Message Boards

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User Interactive Forums

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Definitions of Polio:

Acute infectious disease of humans, particularly children, caused by any of three serotypes of human poliovirus; infection is usually limited to the gastrointestinal tract and nasopharynx, and is often asymptomatic; the central nervous system, primarily the spinal cord, may be affected, leading to rapidly progressive paralysis, coarse fasciculation and hyporeflexia; motor neurons are primarily affected and encephalitis may also occur; replicates in the nervous system, and may cause significant neuronal loss, most notably in the spinal cord. - (Source - Diseases Database)

An acute viral disease marked by inflammation of nerve cells of the brain stem and spinal cord - (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Polio is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Polio, or a subtype of Polio, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Polio as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet


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