Progressive supranuclear palsy
Other Names for this Disease
- Familial progressive supranuclear palsy (type)
- Steele-Richardson-Olszewski Syndrome
- Supranuclear palsy, progressive
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.
Last updated: 8/28/2014
- 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.