Polio, caused by the polio virus, is known for its crippling impact on individuals. However, it’s vital to understand that there’s more to it, especially when it comes to Post Polio Syndrome (PPS).
The Initial Encounter: Paralytic Polio
Paralytic polio, a rare occurrence affecting a small percentage of individuals infected with the virus, is a condition marked by the infection of the anterior horn cells of the spinal cord. Dr. Puja Kushwah, a Senior Consultant of Neurology at Metro Hospital, Noida, explains the nuances of this condition. Paralysis, predominantly in the legs, is a common consequence of paralytic polio, and its symptoms can vary depending on the extent of leg involvement.
Post Polio Syndrome: The Late-Onset Challenge
The focus of World Polio Day is not just on polio but also on what follows years after its initial encounter. Post-Polio Syndrome, a condition that emerges decades after the initial infection, continues to impact millions of polio survivors worldwide.
The Puzzling Causes
The exact cause of Post-Polio Syndrome remains a mystery. Still, experts believe it may be linked to the excessive stress that the polio virus places on motor neurons. Over time, these overworked neurons may deteriorate, leading to the distinct symptoms of PPS.
For those who have endured the challenges of polio, the journey doesn’t necessarily end with their initial recovery. On World Polio Day, it’s crucial to shed light on Post-Polio Syndrome, a condition that underscores the lasting effects of this once-epidemic disease.
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