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polio affected leg

By Anonymous March 8, 2016 - 4:50am
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a patient who has left leg affected by polio in his 6 months....now he is 30 yrs old...can he be cured by stem cell transplant.... pls provide me the details and cost too....his left leg is one inch smaller and thin...

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for seeking our community's help.

As you may already know, poliomyelitis (polio) is a highly infectious viral disease, which mainly affects young children. The virus is transmitted by person-to-person spread mainly through the faecal-oral route or, less frequently, by contaminated water or food and multiplies in the intestine, from where it can invade the nervous system and can cause paralysis.

Initial symptoms of polio include fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness in the neck, and pain in the limbs. In a small proportion of cases, the disease causes paralysis, which is often permanent. There is no cure for polio, it can only be prevented by immunization.

Post-polio syndrome is a cluster of disabling signs and symptoms that affect some people several years — an average of 35 years — after they had polio. Common signs and symptoms include:

Progressive muscle or joint weakness and pain
General fatigue and exhaustion after minimal activity
Muscle atrophy
Breathing or swallowing problems
Sleep-related breathing disorders, such as sleep apnea
Decreased tolerance of cold temperatures
Cognitive problems, such as concentration and memory difficulties
Depression or mood swings

Anonymous, this article, written in 2010 looks at stem cell research and the hope of curing polio, "Stem Cell Therapy Used to Cure Polio"

I encourage you and the patient to discuss the potentials with the patient's physician. I could not find current research information to provide you with availability, details and cost.


March 8, 2016 - 9:27am
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