Postpolio syndrome. Unusual disease in rural family practice
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Postpolio syndrome is a sequela of paralytic poliomyelitis seen in approximately 25% of polio victims. Because the symptoms are nonspecific, it can be difficult to diagnose. Getting information about diagnosis and treatment of unusual conditions in rural and remote regions can be difficult, and physicians sometimes find themselves in the position of being the on-site "expert." Physicians must make difficult decisions with patients and their families about life-giving therapies, advance directives, and the like.
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