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Weakness, Daytime Somnolence, Cough, and Respiratory Distress in a 77-Year-Old Man With a History of Childhood Polio*

Ahmed Mahgoub, MB ChB, MS; Rubin Cohen, MD, FCCP; Leonard J. Rossoff, MD
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*From the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY.

Correspondence to: Leonard J. Rossoff, MD, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, The Long Island Campus of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Room C-20, 270-05 76th Ave, New Hyde Park, NY 11042



Chest. 2001;120(2):659-661. doi:10.1378/chest.120.2.659
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A 77 -year-old man presented with slowly progressive fatigue, muscle weakness, daytime somnolence, hoarseness, and wheezing. He noted also a chronic cough especially with the ingestion of food and liquid. These symptoms had accelerated over the last several years. Poliomyelitis was diagnosed at 11 years of age, but he never had required ventilatory support. The patient maintained an active business career up until the time of his most recent hospital admission. He was a current one-half pack per day cigarette smoker with a total of 50 pack-years.

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