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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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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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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)?

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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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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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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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?

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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Dr. Justin ORourke
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Supranuclear Palsy (Definition)

Supranuclear palsy is a rare brain condition that causes serious problems with walking, eye movements, and balance. The disorder develops slowly over time as the cells in parts of the brain that control movement are destroyed. Although there is no cure, there are ways ...Read more


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