What was the Cause of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Paralytic Illness?

  title={What was the Cause of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Paralytic Illness?},
  author={A. Goldman and Elisabeth J Schmalstieg and D. Freeman and D. Goldman and F. Schmalstieg},
  journal={Journal of Medical Biography},
  pages={232 - 240}
  • A. Goldman, Elisabeth J Schmalstieg, +2 authors F. Schmalstieg
  • Published 2003
  • Medicine
  • Journal of Medical Biography
  • In 1921, when he was 39 years of age, Franklin Delano Roosevelt contracted an illness characterized by: fever; protracted symmetric, ascending paralysis; facial paralysis; bladder and bowel dysfunction; numbness; and dysaesthesia. The symptoms gradually resolved except for paralysis of the lower extremities. The diagnosis at the onset of the illness and thereafter was paralytic poliomyelitis. Yet his age and many features of the illness are more consistent with a diagnosis of Guillain-Barr… CONTINUE READING
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