Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) is a degenerative neurological condition (brain disorder) that affects the cells in the brain that control movement. PSP causes problems with eye movements, walking, and balance.
The cause of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy is unknown.
Incidence of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)
- About 5 to 6 percent of persons are thought to have Parkinsonisms
- About 4 to 6 people out of 100,000 in the United States have PSP
- Average age of onset is in the early sixties
- Men are affected slightly more often than women
- PSP rarely runs in families
Signs & Symptoms
- Loss of balance when walking
- Difficulty moving eyes and double vision
- Problems with speech and swallowing
Symptoms are different for each person and may be mistaken for Parkinson's disease due to similar symptoms:
- Bradykinesia (slowness of movement)
- Rigidity or Stiffness (difficulty bending arms or legs)
- Loss of memory
Generally symptoms progress faster in Progressive Supranuclear Palsy than in Parkinson's disease and patients do not respond well to Parkinson's disease medications. The main treatments are supportive care and family education.
Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center
675 North St. Clair Street, Suite 20-100
Chicago, IL 60611-2923
For an appointment with a movement disorders specialist: 312-695-7950
For educational materials, support groups and program information: 312-503-4397