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5 Facts you should know about

Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM)

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1

AFM affects the spinal cord,

leading to muscle weakness and loss of reflexes.

2

Most people who develop AFM have had a viral illness

with flu-like symptoms one to four weeks before symptoms of AFM.

3

Symptoms of AFM include sudden onset (acute) of weakness in the arm(s) or leg(s),

loss of muscle tone, and decreased or absent reflexes.

4

AFM is rare, but an increasingly recognized cause of paralysis,

occurring primarily in children.

5

The underlying mechanism involves damage to the spinal cord's grey matter.

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