October 12, 2018

A toddler couldn’t move his arm. Doctors discovered a polio-like condition.

By Karl Oestreich

Washington Post
by Lindsey Bever

When Orville Young ran up to his mother, Elaine Young, to give her the mail, she noticed he was using his non-dominant hand. Although a seemingly insignificant detail, it made the Minnesota mom stop and Washington Post newspaper logothink — her then-3-year-old son had developed a cough and a runny nose over the Fourth of July holiday, but she and Orville’s then-6-year-old sister were sick, too, so she assumed that Orville had simply caught their cold. It was not until nearly two weeks later — when everyone else was on the mend and Orville had come down with a fever — that she started to worry… Marc Patterson, a pediatric neurologist at the Mayo Clinic, told The Post that, like polio, AFM is caused by enteroviruses — a collection of viruses that typically cause mild symptoms, such as stomach problems, or no symptoms at all.

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Context:  Marc Patterson, M.D. is a Mayo Clinic neurologist.  Dr. Patterson's research and practice are focused on rare diseases in children, including:

  • Neurogenetics and developmental disorders
  • Neurometabolic disorders in general
  • Niemann-Pick disease, type C
  • Other lysosomal diseases (including glycoproteinoses)
  • Mitochondrial cytopathies
  • Congenital disorders of glycosylation

He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. You can read more about Dr. Patterson's medical research here.

Contact:  Susan Barber LindquistDuska Anastasijevic

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