Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) is a disease affecting the spinal cord. AFM symptoms include difficulty moving the eyes, speaking, and swallowing. Other symptoms include facial weakness, drooping eyelids, and decreased muscle tone and loss of reflexes. There is no specific treatment for AFM. The recovery time for AFM varies.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a scanner that takes cross-sectional images of the body. It is used to evaluate tissues of the head, neck, chest, limbs, abdomen, and pelvis. MRI is a very safe procedure; sedation may be used for infants, small children, or adults who are claustrophobic.
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