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How is polio diagnosed?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Stiff neck, weak limbs, slow reaction time and labored breathing are all signs your doctor will look for if they think you may have polio. If your doctor suspects you have polio they will take either a sample of stool, fluid from your throat or fluid from your spine; all of these are places where evidence of the poliovirus can be found. If the sample comes back with high levels of polio antibodies (the cells your body produces to try to fight the infection) the doctor can confirm that you have polio. If the sample does not contain significant levels of polio antibodies, then other causes for your discomfort will be explored.

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