Lack of progression of neurologic deficit in survivors of paralytic polio: A 5-year prospective population-based study

Anthony J. Windebank, William J. Litchy, Jasper R. Daube, Rita A. Iverson

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

52 Scopus citations


We completed a prospective, population-based cohort study of polio survivors in Olmsted County, Minnesota, between 1986 and 1993. We identified 50 individuals who had had paralytic polio between 1935 and 1960, as representative of all 300 cases of paralytic polio in the county. We completed detailed quantitative clinical and electrophysiologic studies at entry and after 5 years. These studies demonstrated stable neuromuscular function within the cohort, although 60% of the individuals were symptomatic. In two-thirds of the symptomatic patients, the causes of their symptoms were unrelated to earlier polio. For the 20% of patients who had unexplained muscle pain, perception of weakness, and fatigue, a mechanical disorder most likely underlies their symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)80-84
Number of pages5
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1996


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

Cite this