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Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (cont.)

Prevention

There is no known way to prevent PSP.

Outlook

PSP is a progressive disease that may leave you vulnerable to a number of life-threatening complications.

  • Difficulty swallowing is a choking hazard.
  • Resulting eating problems increase the risk for malnutrition.
  • Walking difficulties and balance problems increase the risk of falling. Head injuries and other injuries from falls can be serious.
  • Most people become unable to walk later in the disease. They become confined to a bed and chair. This immobility increases the risk of infections such as pneumonia and urinary tract infections.
  • Immobility also increases the risk of breathing problems.

People with PSP usually need a walking aid, such as a cane or walker, within 3-4 years of the first symptoms of the disease. With good care and attention to medical needs, nutritional needs, and safety, a person with PSP can live many years. The typical lifespan from first appearance of symptoms is about 6-10 years. The main causes of death are infections and breathing problems.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/29/2014
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