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Polio "handwalker" with quadrupedal (hands-and-knees crawl) gait after poliomyelitis (1)

Case of Hans Spitzy (1912). "Handwalker" girl, 7 years of age. All of the muscles in both legs, except the iliopsoas of each side, are paralyzed. The child can get around only by crawling. Duration of paralysis was 5 years. (Source: Spitzy H. Surgical measures in diseases of nervous origin. [Translated by Carl G Leo-Wolf]. In: Pfaundler M, Schlossmann A, editors. The diseases of children: a work for the practising physician. [English translation edited by Henry LK Shaw and Linnæus la Pétra]. Volume 5. Philadelphia and London: JB Lippincott Co, 1912:322-3.)

Associated Disorders

  • Aseptic meningitis
  • Bulbar polio
  • Bulbospinal polio
  • Infantile paralysis
  • Nonparalytic polio
  • Paralytic polio
  • Polioencephalitis
  • Post-polio progressive muscular atrophy
  • Post-polio syndrome
  • Spinal paralytic polio