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Acute Flaccid Myelitis

Cartwright, Cathy C.; Wessol, Jennifer L.

Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: August 2019 - Volume 51 - Issue 4 - p 190–192
doi: 10.1097/JNN.0000000000000447
Clinical Nursing Focus

ABSTRACT Acute flaccid myelitis is a poliolike illness affecting mainly children, which seems to occur every 2 years in the late summer and early fall. The 2018 outbreak was alarming to parents and healthcare providers because the etiology is still under investigation and long-term outcomes are unclear. Becoming familiar with what is known about the epidemiology and clinical characteristics of acute flaccid myelitis enables neuroscience nurses to disseminate accurate information and recognize and report suspicious symptoms.

Questions or comments about this article may be directed to Cathy C. Cartwright, MSN RN-BC PCNS FAAN, at She is the Director of Advanced Practice Education, Children’s Mercy Kansas City, Kansas City, MO.

Jennifer L. Wessol, PhD RN CCRN-CMC CNRN, is Assistant Professor, Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences, Kansas City, MO.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Online date: June 7, 2019

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