Signs and symptoms of acute flaccid myelitis include arm or leg weakness that comes on suddenly, accompanied by loss of muscle tone and reflexes. Other associated symptoms can include
- facial droop,
- difficulty moving the eyes,
- drooping eyelids,
- facial weakness,
- slurred speech, or
- problems with swallowing.
Respiratory failure is the most serious potential symptom.
Cause of acute flaccid myelitis
The exact cause of acute flaccid myelitis is often unknown, but medical professionals have reported toxins, viruses, and genetic disorders as possible causes of acute flaccid myelitis. Viruses that may cause the condition include poliovirus, non-polio enteroviruses, adenoviruses, or the West Nile virus.
Other acute flaccid myelitis (afm) symptoms and signs
- Arm or Leg Weakness That Comes on Suddenly
- Difficulty Moving the Eyes
- Drooping Eyelids
- Facial Droop
- Facial Weakness
- Loss of Muscle Tone and Reflexes
- Problems With Swallowing
- Respiratory Failure
- Slurred Speech
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