Cases of acute flaccid myelitis in children are growing

December 12, 2018 - 3:00 am

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Despite the fact that it is a poorly understood syndrome, acute flaccid myelitis is a serious disease.

The condition attacks children around the average age of just 6 years old. The pediatric world is concerned because of a growing number of cases. 

The most common symptoms of acute flaccid myelitis include one-sided onset of weakness and a lack of tone. There can also be decreased reflexes. In most cases, the symptoms improve over a short amount of time. 

According to the report in JAMA Pediatrics, there are some things we know: Acute flaccid myelitis is often preceded by a fever or viral syndrome, and there are certain patterns of weakness and problems with reflexes that appear to occur quite commonly in the condition.  

Nevertheless, it is still a puzzle.