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Ann Acad Med Singapore. 2005 Aug;34(7):447-9.

Post-poliomyelitis syndrome: case report and review of the literature.

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  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Changi General Hospital, Singapore.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Postpoliomyelitis syndrome (PPS) refers to the new neuromuscular symptoms that occur in patients years after their acute poliomyelitis has stabilised. PPS cases seen now are probably related to the poliomyelitis epidemics of the 1940s and 1950s.

CLINICAL PICTURE AND INVESTIGATION:

A 57-year-old Chinese man with a history of poliomyelitis affecting both lower limbs presented with left upper limb weakness. Physical examination revealed atrophy of his left upper limb muscles. There were fasciculations in the biceps and brachioradialis muscles. Electromyography revealed ongoing denervation neurogenic units in the C5 to TI myotomes comparable with PPS.

CONCLUSION:

The aim of this paper is to review the present situation and to give a short summary of PPS, which can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms of presentation are usually non-specific. We describe a case of PPS and review the current literature.

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