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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...

What can cause progressive supranuclear palsy?

Unknown. It is one of the neurodegenerative disease like parkinsonism. So far no exact cause is found. Read more...
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...

How can you treat progressive supranuclear palsy?

Not good. Not very much except for supportive care. Doesn't respond well to drugs used for other types of parkinson's. Read more...
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...
The right doctor. I believe it is important to be seen by a movement disorders neurologist for this neurodegenerative disease. This is a very difficult disease to treat. A patient may need very high doses of levodopa. Oftentimes issues such as feeding tubes are at the fore. A specialist will have more experience dealing with this rare disease and may have other options (i.e. Clinical trials) available. Read more...

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...

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...

What are the complications of progressive supranuclear palsy?

Falls. Usually starts with falls swallowing difficulties are also seen. Read more...
Bad illness. Lose ability to move eyes properly, lose ability to balance and walk, have twisting dystonic posture of spine. Not curable or easily treated, and hope you or family members do not have. Read more...

Are there alternative names of progressive supranuclear palsy?

YES. The previous name for psp was steele-richardson-olszewski syndrome. Read more...
Named after Pioneers. It's also known as steele-richardson-olszewski syndrome, after the three physicians who pioneered it's characterization. Look at this link, which will tell you far more detail about psp than i can possibly write here (space limited): ******************************http://en.M.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/progressive_supranuclear_palsy. Read more...