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Progressive supranuclear palsy


Other Names for this Disease

  • Familial progressive supranuclear palsy (type)
  • PSP
  • Steele-Richardson-Olszewski Syndrome
  • Supranuclear palsy, progressive
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Prognosis

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What is the long-term outlook for people with progressive supranuclear palsy?

Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) gets progressively worse. The condition predisposes people to serious complications such as pneumonia secondary to difficulty in swallowing (dysphagia).  Pneumonia is the most common cause of death. Other complications that people experience include choking, head injury, and fractures caused by falls. With good attention to medical and nutritional needs, it is possible for most affected people to live a decade or more after the first symptoms of the disease appear.[1]
Last updated: 8/28/2014

References
  1. Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Fact Sheet. National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). August 16, 2011; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/psp/detail_psp.htm. Accessed 8/18/2011.


Other Names for this Disease
  • Familial progressive supranuclear palsy (type)
  • PSP
  • Steele-Richardson-Olszewski Syndrome
  • Supranuclear palsy, progressive
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.