What happens to the leg in polio

Asked by  | 16th Aug, 2009, 12:07: AM

Expert Answer:

In spinal polio (the most common form of polio), the polio virus may affect muscles on both sides of the body, but more often the paralysis is asymmetrical. Any limb or combination of limbs may be affected—one leg, one arm, or both legs and both arms. Paralysis is often more severe proximally (where the limb joins the body) than distally (the fingertips and toes.)

In children under five years of age, paralysis of one leg is most common; in adults, extensive paralysis of the chest and abdomen also affecting all four limbs—quadriplegia—is more likely.

Answered by  | 18th Aug, 2009, 09:57: AM

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