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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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Dr. Robert Hutchman
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Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (Definition)

Progressive supranuclear palsy is a rare condition in which a person has a degenerative brain disease that damages nerve cells in the parts of the brain that control eye movements, breathing, swallowing, speech, ...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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I need to know some natural medicines to help with psp?

I need to know some natural medicines to help with psp?

None exist: If you are asking about progressive supranuclear palsy, there are no natural medicines known to help. Although in some ways similar to parkinson's, the meds used in that condition do not provide much benefit in psp. Best to find a research study at a major medical center. ...Read more

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Whenever i play my psp my eyes hurt. Why?

Whenever i play my psp my eyes hurt. Why?

Dry eyes!: Most likely you are having symptoms from dry eyes. You decrease your blinking, because you do not want to miss something, leading to the surface of your eyes drying out and causing them to hurt. The hurt may also be from accommodating (using your eye muscles to focus up close). ...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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My father has psp. Is there any treatment or medications you can advise? Thank you Elias

No known medication: No known medications treat PSP, however, I involve my patients in a number of things right from the start which I believe have a positive clinical impact on them as the disease progresses. Things such as vestibulotherapy, speech therapy, and cognitive gaming are just a few examples of activities I have seen help patients with PSP. Contact me at www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi for more specific ideas. ...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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Is it possible for anesthesia cause progressive supranuclear palsy (psp)?

Unlikely: Though anesthetics do have an effect on the brain, it is unlikely that they would cause this problem. The anesthetics that we use can decrease blood flow to certain areas of the brain, so they might unmask a pre-existing psp, but again that is speculation. I would talk to your neurologist about this problem. ...Read more

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