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Acute Flaccid Myelitis: Five Things to Know

Acute flaccid myelitis, a syndrome with rapid muscle weakness in children, has been seen in hospitals in the United States and Canada this fall. A practice article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) outlines five things to know about this health issue:

- Acute flaccid myelitis is characterized by rapid-onset muscle weakness, with patients presenting with weak limbs, pain and absent reflexes
- Enteroviruses are the main cause of the disease in children
- Urgent testing should be performed, including infectious workup and neuroimaging, and suspected cases should be reported to the Public Health Agency of Canada
- Acute flaccid myelitis can progress rapidly and should be managed as a medical emergency

It often results in persistent health deficits four to six months after detection, with less than one-fifth of children making a full recovery, and 8%-14% needing assistive devices to walk or being completely dependent on caregivers.

Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal

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