Post-polio syndrome

The British Polio Fellowship

It is estimated that 120,000 people in the UK are living with the effects of polio and post‑polio syndrome (PPS). PPS can occur in people who have had polio. After an interval of several years of stability, people may then develop increasing weakness, stamina problems, fatigue, and pain. PPS may respond to a range of therapies, which might prevent further deterioration.

A diagnosis of PPS assumes the absence of any other conditions that could explain the above symptoms. Such conditions should be considered and excluded by appropriate investigations.

This Guidelines summary covers diagnosis, symptoms, and management.

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