Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is a neurological disorder affecting older individuals that you may not have heard of. Commonly mistaken for Parkinson’s Disease, PSP is characterized by severe and permanent problems with balance and eye movement that occur because of lesions in the brain.
Symptoms can be hard to decipher because they could manifest as progressively frequent tripping and falling or bad mood. Those affected by PSP don’t get the tell-tale head or hand shaking like in Parkinson’s.
This little-known disease gets progressively worse (as indicated by the name), and can be diagnosed by a neurologist. Testing often includes a simple request to look down; those affected with PSP can’t.
Treatment is geared toward controlling symptoms, but there is no cure. People with PSP often die of complications stemming from the disease such as choking or deep vein thrombosis.
If you think you or someone close to you may have this disease, contact your doctor for an evaluation.
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