2/08/2017

Polio victims may suffer psychiatric ills later


(Reuters Health) - 
People who had polio in childhood seem to be at somewhat increased risk of being hospitalized for a psychiatric disorder later in life, according to a Danish study.
"Chronic and life-threatening diseases are known to be accompanied by increased risk of anxiety, depression, and suicide," Dr. Nete Munk Nielsen, of Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, and colleagues write in the American Journal of Epidemiology. "It has furthermore been suggested that certain medical conditions such as childhood infections of the central nervous system could subsequently increase the risk of psychosis and schizophrenia."
In their study, the researchers studied database information on 4660 people who had polio between 1922 and 1954, along with 19,017 age- and gender-matched "controls" who did not have polio. These subjects were then linked to national records for people who were hospitalized for a psychiatric disorder between 1977 and 1993.
"Overall, history of poliomyelitis was associated with a 40% increased risk of being hospitalized for a psychiatric disorder," Nielsen's group reports.
The likelihood of suffering a mental disorder seemed to be higher before age 45 years, and among those who had polio before the age of 7.
"The overall increased risk of psychiatric hospitalizations could not be confined to specific groups of psychiatric disorders," the investigators added. Rather, there seemed to be "slightly increased risks of several different disorders, especially milder psychiatric disorders." These included personality disorders, substance/alcohol abuse, and other non-psychotic mental disorders.
The team says the reason for the higher odds of having mental problems isn't really known, but they point out that it might relate to the "very painful and fearful" experience of contracting polio, the stringent isolation from family for several weeks, and the difficulties of then overcoming physical handicaps and social prejudice.















































SOURCE: American Journal of Epidemiology, February 2007.


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A 41-year-old man developed an acute illness at the age of 9 months during which, following a viral illness with headache, he developed severe weakness and wasting of the limbs of the left side. After several months he began to recover, such that he was able to walk at the age of 2 years and later was able to run, although he was never very good at sports. He had stable function until the age of 18 when he began to notice greater than usual difficulty lifting heavy objects. By the age of 25 he was noticing progressive difficulty walking due to weakness of both legs, and he noticed that the right calf had become larger. The symptoms became more noticeable over the course of the next 10 years and ultimately both upper as well as both lower limbs had become noticeably weaker.

On examination there was wasting of the muscles of upper and lower limbs on the left, and massively hypertrophied gastrocnemius, soleus and tensor fascia late on the right. The calf circumference on the right exceeded that on the left by 10 cm (figure1). The right shoulder girdle, triceps, thenar eminence and small muscles of the hand were wasted and there was winging of both scapulae. The right quadriceps was also wasted. The wasted muscles were also weak but the hypertrophied right ankle plantar flexors had normal power. The tendon reflexes were absent in the lower limbs and present in the upper limbs, although the right triceps was reduced. The remainder of the examination was normal.

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The patient's legs, showing massive enlargement of the right calf and wasting on the left

Questions

1
What is that nature of the acute illness in infancy?
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What is the nature of the subsequent deterioration?
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What investigations should be performed?
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What is the differential diagnosis of the cause of the progressive calf hypertrophy?

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QUESTION 1

An acute paralytic illness which follows symptoms of a viral infection with or without signs of meningitis is typical of poliomyelitis. Usually caused by one of the three polio viruses, it may also occur following vaccination and following infections with other enteroviruses.1 Other disorders which would cause a similar syndrome but with upper motor neurone signs would include acute vascular lesions, meningoencephalitis and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis.

QUESTION 2

A progressive functional deterioration many years after paralytic poliomyelitis is well known, although its pathogenesis is not fully understood.2 It is a diagnosis of exclusion; a careful search for alternative causes, for example, orthopaedic deformities such as osteoarthritis or worsening scoliosis, superimposed neurological disorders such as entrapment neuropathies or coincidental muscle disease or neuropathy, and general medical causes such as respiratory complications and endocrinopathies.3

QUESTION 3

Investigations revealed normal blood count and erythrocyte sedimentation rate and normal biochemistry apart from a raised creatine kinase at 330 IU/l (normal range 60–120 IU/l), which is commonly seen in cases of ongoing denervation. Electromyography showed evidence of denervation in the right APB and FDI with polyphasic motor units and complex repetitive discharges, no spontaneous activity in the left calf and large polyphasic units in the right calf consistent with chronic partial denervation. Motor and sensory conduction velocities were normal. A lumbar myelogram was normal. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of the calves is shown in figure2.

Figure 2

Axial T1 weighted MRI scan (TR 588 ms, TE 15 ms) of the calves, showing gross muscle atrophy and replacement by adipose tissue on the left, and hypertrophy of the muscles on the right, with only minor adipose tissue deposition

QUESTION 4

The differential diagnosis of the progressive calf hypertrophy is given in the box.

Causes of calf muscle hypertrophy

Chronic partial denervation

  • radiculopathy

  • peripheral neuropathy

  • hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy

  • spinal muscular atrophy

  • following paralytic poliomyelitis

    Neuromyotonia and myokymia

  • Isaac's syndrome

  • generalised myokymia

  • neurotonia

  • continuous muscle fibre activity due to: chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculopathy, Guillain Barre syndrome, myasthenia gravis, thymoma, thyrotoxicosis, thyroiditis

    Muscular dystrophies

    Myositis

    Infiltration

  • tumours

  • amyloidosis

  • cysticercosis

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