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Is flaccid paralysis fatal?

Flaccid paralysis is almost always caused by an underlying condition like polio or West Nile virus. Flaccid paralysis is a symptom, rather than an illness or disease in and of itself. Flaccid paralysis itself is not fatal, although it can be debilitating and cause you a great deal of pain. Some of the conditions associated with flaccid paralysis, however, like polio or West Nile virus, can be fatal without treatment.

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