IPLab:Lab 8:Poliomyelitis

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Clinical Summary[edit]

Six days before his death, this 31-year-old white male became acutely ill with fever followed by an ascending paralysis which began in his feet. Three days later he was hospitalized because of difficulty in breathing. A lumbar puncture was performed and the patient's spinal fluid contained increased protein and polymorphonuclear leukocytes (4.30 PMNs/mm³). He died on the third hospital day.

Autopsy Findings[edit]

At autopsy, the thoracic and lumbar portions of the spinal cord were softer than normal and focally hemorrhagic.


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Normal Spinal Cord[edit]

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Normally, there should be no PMNs in a patient's spinal fluid.

An infiltrate is an accumulation of cells in the lung parenchyma--this is a sign of pneumonia.