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bracesSome polio survivors have experienced a condition that may resurface decades after the acute infection. Characterized by a gradual weakening and atrophy of muscles previously afflicted by polio, the condition, termed “post-polio syndrome,” seriously impedes quality of life. Although doctors are attempting to understand this condition, there is no consensus as to its cause. One theory contends that the nerve terminals, which previously grew to compensate for damaged cells following the viral attack, can deteriorate over time and obstruct neurological pathways. Although there is no known treatment for post-polio syndrome, many sufferers have formed groups to provide awareness, advocacy, and support.

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