Which clinical history findings are characteristic of nonparalytic polio caused by enteroviruses?

Updated: Mar 17, 2021
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Disease due to wild-type poliovirus infection no longer occurs in the Western Hemisphere, and a World Health Organization (WHO) international eradication program is making significant progress in the rest of the world. [36]

Patients with abortive polio present with symptoms similar to those of other viral infections, including fever, headache, sore throat, loss of appetite, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Neurologic symptoms are typically not reported.

The symptoms of nonparalytic polio are similar to those of abortive polio but are more intense. Patients report stiffness of the posterior muscles of the neck, trunk, and limbs.

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