What is progressive supranuclear palsy?

Q:
What is progressive supranuclear palsy?

A:
Progressive supranuclear palsy is an uncommon brain disorder that causes serious problems with walking, balance and eye movements. The disorder results from deterioration of cells in areas of your brain that control body movement and thinking.

Symptoms

The pattern of signs and symptoms can be quite different from person to person.

  • inability to walk
  • falling spells
  • stiffness
  • changes in personality, mood and behavior
  • irritability
  • forgetfulness

These problems worsen with time, with most affected people ultimately needing a wheelchair.

Treatment

There is no cure for PSP. However, there is a range of medication that can help curb PSP’s symptoms. Doctors often suggest antidepressants, along with sleeping pills, to help PSP patients who are experiencing sleep problems. Many drugs being developed to treat other neurological disorders are also being utilized to help treat PSP.

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