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Acute flaccid myelitis: early recognition is the key
  1. Colin Powell1,2
  1. 1 Emergency Medicine, Sidra Medical and Research Center, Doha, Qatar
  2. 2 Division of Population Medicine, Cardiff Univerisy, Cardiff, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Colin Powell,Emergency Medicine, Sidra Medical and Research Center, Doha, Qatar; PowellC7{at}

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Archivist was reminded of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) when he was involved with a few cases following an enterovirus D68 mini outbreak a few years ago. It is a rare diagnosis in UK. Part of the role of the general paediatrician is to be aware of these rarities and diagnose promptly. In a small case series, reported by Matesanz S et al . [J Pediatr 2019 Aug 8. pii: S0022-3476(19)30849-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2019.07.015] the diagnostic features were highlighted. Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is defined as the acute onset of focal limb weakness with corresponding spinal cord grey matter-specific …

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