Progressive Supranuclear Palsy

Progressive Supranuclear Palsy

It is defined as the rare brain disorder which causes problems in walking, balance and eye movement in later stage also cause swallowing problems. It is cause by the destruction of cells in that area of brain which control these functions.


Signs and symptoms of progressive Supranuclear palsy include:Progressive Supranuclear Palsy

  • Stiffness
  • Awkward movement
  • Falling
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Loss of balance while walking
  • Difficulty in eye movement
  • Depression
  • Impulsive behavior

The exact cause of this condition is not clear yet, but it may assume that certain conditions which damage the cells in your brain may predispose this disease.


If left untreated it may cause the following complications:

  • Problems in swallowing cause aspiration
  • Pneumonia
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Falling cause fractures and injuries

After taking medical history and conducting a physical examination your doctor might recommend a following tests to confirm the diagnosis:

  • Blood test to check any infection and complete blood count
  • MRI to check any abnormality in brain substance

Treatment options include:

  • Bifocal eyeglasses to prevent eye issues
  • Parkinson’s disease medications to controlled muscle movement
  • Physical therapy to control balance
  • Botox injection to prevent eye muscle spasm
  • Speech evaluation
Lifestyle and home remedies

Following tips will help to reduce signs and symptoms:

  • Use a walker
  • Avoid climbing stairs
  • Use eyedrops
  • Install grab bars in bathrooms and corridor
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