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Post Polio Paralysis: A Clarion Call For Surgical Re-Awakening

H C Nwadiaro, M A Misauno, A F Uba, C H Ihezue

Abstract




Back ground. Post polio paralysis is a grave complication if poliomyelitis. The victims can be rehabilitated to ambulate erect by reconstructive operations, use of orthosis and physiotherapy. This study assesses the problems of post polio paralysis, rehabilitative interventions and calls for a surgical reawakening in this regard.
Patients and Methods: A retrospective study of management of children with severe post polio paralysis is presented
Results: Eight patients aged between 8 and 16 years with varying degrees of disabilities and deformities were managed. Six of them crawled on the ground and only two of them attended school. Reconstructive surgery and physiotherapy enabled all to ambulate in erect position using calipers and crutches.
Conclusion: Children with post polio paralysis can be rehabilitated by reconstructive surgery and physiotherapy. Dwindling interest of surgeons in surgery of poliomyelitis needs to be reawakened


Keywords: Post polio paralysis, Reconstructive surgery, Physiotherapy, Rehabilitation

African Journal of Paediatric Surgery Vol. 3 (1) 2006: pp. 30-34



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