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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Polio and myasthenia
My mother and aunt both had polio when they were young. Could this have anything to do with me getting myasthenia gravis?
Polio is viral infection of the motor neurons (muscle nerves). I have found no reports of maternal transmission of susceptibility to myasthenia gravis due to polio exposure. It would be more likely if your mother had some other autoimmune disease, like rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn's.
Robert W Neel, IV, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati