Talk:Post-polio syndrome

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Arthur C. Clarke post-polio[edit]

Okay -- the two sources contradict themselves. One says he contracted it in 1984, the other one in 1988. Which is right? --Rhombus (talk) 07:22, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

A seriously defective article[edit]

This article is defective in many respects and needs to be rewritten from the ground up. There is now no debate as to the cause of post-polio syndrome, owing in great measure to the pioneering work of Lauro Halstead. The article cites the important contemporary work of Halstead and Silver without crediting Halstead. (talk) 19:23, 22 August 2008 (UTC)

I totally agree with this commenter. I have neither the expertise nor WIKI ability to do it myself, somebody else would do it. When they do, they will stress that this condition is markedly similar to neurodegenerative disorders and should respond similarly. PietrH (talk) 23:50, 6 April 2010 (UTC)

Erm, upon consideration of shingles and its previous relationship with a certain pox, one may ponder the relationship with a damaged virus proliferating in the victim. Of course, one's mind may wander in ANY direction, but HERE, the topic must remain encyclopedic. For in fact, one could argue, without evidence or references for evil spirits.Wzrd1 (talk) 06:05, 16 February 2012 (UTC)


A few more references for many of the statements made would be helpful, and enable the reader to verify and clarify. Jagra (talk) 08:33, 4 April 2008 (UTC)

== I had polio at about one year of age, and it left me with a paralyzed leg and hip. I'm now fifty-six and have been experiencing post-polio for about the past twenty-five to thirty years. I can't pinpoint the exact start of post-polio because I didn't realize what was happening to me the first day I could no longer step up onto a curb. The symptoms and treatments described in this article agree with my experience with both polio and post-polio. Having been a "can do" person all my life, it's distressing to have to struggle through these last years to retirement, but I'm hanging in there.

--BestWriter (talk) 05:05, 12 September 2008 (UTC)


I've just completely a major rewrite of the article using much better sources for the mostpart. Some parts of the original text have been left intact but a lot of it was complete garbage. I've still got to write a little more on treatment and then I'm done for now. —Cyclonenim (talk · contribs · email) 12:33, 25 December 2008 (UTC)

Sequelae of what[edit]

This edit to the lede defined PPS as a late complication of paralytic polio, with a reliable source. A subsequent edit deleted the reference and there are claims in subsequent edit summaries that PPS can be a late complication of poliomyelitis more generally. That is a peculiar claim, given that most infections with the polio virus are gastrointestinal, not involving the central nervous system. The claim that PPS can result from any form of poliomyelitis needs a reliable source. --Una Smith (talk) 16:08, 31 October 2009 (UTC)

Here are four MEDRS (two pubmed listed reviews, one article on the subject of nonparalytic polio and PPS, and one book written by the head of the Spaulding Polio Center) that discuss the issue and state that PPS does occur in patients with NPP, mild polio, and even patients that didn't realize they had polio. Rehabilitation for postpolio sequelae PMID 15373379 full text link, Paralytic vs. "nonparalytic" polio: distinction without a difference? PMID 10678596, Late functional loss in nonparalytic polio PMID 10678598,full text link of similar article by the authors and, Post-polio syndrome: a guide for polio survivors and their families Chapter 3. Ward20 (talk) 17:55, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
Upon more thought and review of the literature, the difficulty apparently lies with the diagnosis of paralytic polio as these sources discuss that polio CNS involvement may occur with a minimum or no paralysis recognized by the patient or medical professionals. Ward20 (talk) 18:14, 31 October 2009 (UTC)

Further work[edit]

I have noted Cyclonim's work from December 2008, but I think this article could still be improved further. Many of the sources are not technically WP:MEDRS, and some sections could be added and developed (e.g. diagnostic criteria). I've already got some sources available and plan to spend the next few weeks making some changes. The following are available:

Help will be appreciated. JFW | T@lk 19:54, 19 August 2010 (UTC)

The sections with work needed:

  • Introduction
  • Signs and symptoms - needs separating in symptom groups with an attempt to link them to the disease process
  • Causes - this should probably go and be absorbed into the "mechanism" section
  • Diagnosis - needs discussion of the criteria and differential diagnosis, as well as typical NCS/EMG and imaging appearances
  • Management - should be renamed treatment, a term that people understand
  • Prognosis - could do with tightening
  • Epidemiology - could do with tightening
  • History - needs writing

Let's see. JFW | T@lk 20:37, 19 August 2010 (UTC)


doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD007818.pub3 JFW | T@lk 14:27, 10 November 2015 (UTC)