Jan 30 17 12:00 PM

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Still no definitive cause for AFM has been found and a “ TOXIN “ is still on the possible list of causes.

And listed first this time. Why, when a toxin is the easiest to rule out?

AAP News

January 30, 2017

Is EV-D68 infection a cause of acute flaccid myelitis in children?

H. Cody Meissner, M.D., FAAP

AFM is defined as a case of acute flaccid weakness with either spinal cord gray matter lesions detected on imaging or evidence of spinal cord motor neuron injury on electrodiagnostic testing.”


“Non-infectious causes include environmental toxins, genetic disorders, Guillain-Barré syndrome and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis. “


“ The biologic plausibility of an association is substantiated by evidence supporting other non-polio enteroviruses as a cause of paralysis.”