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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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Tests & Diagnosis

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How is progressive supranuclear palsy diagnosed?

Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is often hard to diagnose because its symptoms can mimick those of other, more common movement disorders. It may also be hard to diagnose because some of the most characteristic symptoms may develop late, or not at all. The key to diagnosing PSP is identifying early gait instability and difficulty moving the eyes (the hallmark of the disease), as well as ruling out other conditions, some of which are treatable.[1]

A neurological exam in a person with PSP may show the following:[2][1]

  • Symptoms of disequilibrium, such as unsteady walking or abrupt and unexplained falls without loss of consciousness
  • Visual complaints including blurred vision, difficulty looking up or down, double vision, light sensitivity, burning eyes, or other eye problems
  • Slurred speech
  • Various mental complaints such as slowness of thought, impaired memory, personality changes, and changes in mood
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.
  2. Progressive supranuclear palsy. MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia. May 2010; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000767.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.