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Palsy (Definition)

...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today ...Read more


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Is progressive supranuclear palsy a demyelinating disease?

Is progressive supranuclear palsy a demyelinating disease?

PSP: Progressive supranuclear palsy: the disorder's long name indicates that the disease begins slowly and continues to get worse (progressive), and causes weakness (palsy) by damaging certain parts of the brain above pea-sized structures called nuclei that control eye movements (supranuclear). It is central; demyelinating conditions occur in the peripheral nervous system. ...Read more

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How is progressive supranuclear palsy (psp) diagnosed?

How is progressive supranuclear palsy (psp) diagnosed?

Cannot look up: Similar to but worse prognosis than parkinson's disease sharing the rigidity and poverty of movements, inability to look up with head kept straight. ...Read more

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Could anesthesia cause progressive supranuclear palsy (psp)?

Could anesthesia cause progressive supranuclear palsy (psp)?

Not likely: No one knows for sure what causes it. It is a degenerative neurologic disease a little similar to Parkinson's disease in a comparable area of the brain. The cause may be genetic, viral, though no one really knows. It is very very rare. ...Read more

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What can cause progressive supranuclear palsy?

What can cause progressive supranuclear palsy?

Tau protein D/O: No, tau protein deposits & neurofibrillary tangles in neurons cause the death of these cells. Because they are in some similar areas as parkinson's disease, psp can appear similar clinically, but there are clear differences. Treatment approaches are roughly the same with different areas needing most attention. Primarily balance/falls/injury, did inhibiting dementia & dysphagia/aspiration. ...Read more

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What are progressive and pseudo bulbar palsy?

What are progressive and pseudo bulbar palsy?

Upper motor neuron: Pseudobulbar palsy is a disorder of nerves located near the base of the brain, that connect the higher brain centers with the lower spinal cord. Most commonly affects chewing, swallowing, speech, emotional outbursts sometimes. It has multiple causes and the underlying disease will determine how progressive it is; examples are parkinson's, als, certain strokes, ms, brain trauma. ...Read more

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What are some alternate treaments for progressive supranuclear palsy (psp) like ayurveda, homeopathy or siddha?

What are some alternate treaments for progressive supranuclear palsy (psp) like ayurveda, homeopathy or siddha?

PSP: With any of these other forms of medicine, you would need very skilled, experienced professionals to work with you alongside your conventional neurologist. Many conventional physicians are becoming trained in ayurveda and homeopathy -- i'm sorry, but i know little about siddha although this one originated in india like ayurveda. For homeopathic physicians, you can see: http://tinyurl.Com/lgsovco. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for progressive supranuclear palsy?

What are the treatments for progressive supranuclear palsy?

Good Rx available!!: Dopamine meds for physical parkinsonism: Azilect (mao-b selective inhibitor) & sinemet +/- Comtan (stalevo (carbidopa and levodopa and entacapone) is both together). Tailor rx & watch for side effects. Avoid Dopamine agonists (requip xl/mirapex er/neupro)--too side effect prone for psp patients. For dementia: namenda, paired with Exelon patch or aricept. For psychosis: seroquel or clozaril. Remember, response is variable, but worthwhile. ...Read more

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What is the difference between progressive supranuclear palsy (psp) and Parkinson's disease?

What is the difference between progressive supranuclear palsy (psp) and Parkinson's disease?

Parkinson's Disease: Progressive supracuclear palsy is a severe form of parkinsonism. It is characterized by no or minimal response to levodopa, prominent subcortical cognitive impairment, severe balance disorder, axial dystonias, and the classical inability to voluntarily move eyes in vertical plane. In contrast, idiopathic parkinson's disease commonly has better response to levodopa, resting tremors, slower decline. ...Read more

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Bell palsy in babbies curable?

Full recovery usual: Acute dysfunction of the facial nerve can occur in newborns and in infants. Some are the result of trauma to the facial nerve from forceps, some due to virus infections, some due to ear infections, others without definite cause. The outcome is usually excellent with full recovery. Some infant are born with defective facial nerves (moebius syndrome) that is permanent. ...Read more

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Are there learning disabilities associated with mild cerebral palsy?

Are there learning disabilities associated with mild cerebral palsy?

None specific: Individuals with cerebral palsy may exhibit any number of learning disabilities due to the brain injury that caused the motor handicap. However, there is no specific LD. The effects of brain injury are individual. A child with CP should have a formal neuropsychological assessment when they are old enough to be tested. ...Read more

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What are some alternative treatments for progressive supranuclear palsy (psp) like ayurveda, homeopathy or siddha?

What are some alternative treatments for progressive supranuclear palsy (psp) like ayurveda, homeopathy or siddha?

Collaborative care: Psp is a rare degenerative disease of the brain involving movement & balance as well as changes in mood, behavior and personality. Conventional medicine has no cure. Homeopathy does not treat the specific pathological condition, but can help the person by applying the single homeopathic medicine called for by his/her specific experience. You need a very well-trained homeopath to work with you. ...Read more

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What are the complications of progressive supranuclear palsy?

Falls: Usually starts with falls swallowing difficulties are also seen. ...Read more

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How can you treat progressive supranuclear palsy?

How can you treat progressive supranuclear palsy?

Good Rx Available!!!: Dopamine meds for physical parkinsonism: Azilect (mao-b selective inhibitor) & sinemet +/- Comtan (stalevo (carbidopa and levodopa and entacapone) is both together). Tailor rx & watch for side effects. Avoid Dopamine agonists (requip xl/mirapex er/neupro)--too side effect prone for psp patients. For dementia: namenda, paired with Exelon patch or aricept. For psychosis: seroquel or clozaril. Remember, response is variable, but worthwhile. ...Read more

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Bell's palsy vs. Facial nerve palsy. Different?

Bell's palsy vs. Facial nerve palsy. Different?

Often: Misdiagnosed, bell's palsy is a type of facial nerve palsy when the cause is unknown. In order for a facial nerve palsy to be correctly labelled bell's palsy, an appropriate evaluation with imaging studies needs to be done. ...Read more

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Help plz! Can progressive supranuclear palsy occur in children or teenagers?

Very unlikely: From the Mayo clinic, progressive supranuclear palsy "typically affects people around the age of 60, and is virtually unknown in people under the age of 40." http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/progressive-supranuclear-palsy/basics/definition/CON-20029502?p=1 ...Read more

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Is parasupranuclear palsy genetic?

Is parasupranuclear palsy genetic?

Not usually: If you are referring to progressive supranuclear palsy, this is not felt to be genetic. This typically occurs more frequently in males in their 60's. ...Read more

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What are the tests for progressive supranuclear palsy?

What are the tests for progressive supranuclear palsy?

Good History & exam!: Good history & exam are the keys. In expert hands, that is all you really need. However, a new test/imaging procedure called datscan can determine if the person is suffering from a true Dopamine degenerative state (parkinsonian sundrome) or not, it cannot destinguish b/w these parkinsonian syndromes, however! ...Read more

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What is the prognosis for progressive supranuclear palsy?

What is the prognosis for progressive supranuclear palsy?

Supranuclear palsy: Unfortunately, no known treatment other than supportive care for supranuclear palsy exists. The average person is in their 60's when diagnosed. Life expectancy averages 7 years after diagnosis. ...Read more

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Paralysis (Definition)

A paralyzed limb cannot be voluntarily moved, and the term reflects leg involvement, paraplegia, full body, quadriplegia, and less than full, tetraplegia. Causes can be many, including stroke, trauma, ...Read more