Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (cont.)
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Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Symptoms
The symptoms of PSP usually appear very slowly. Many people experience a prolonged phase of symptoms such as fatigue (feeling tired), headaches, joint pains, dizziness, and depression. Gradually, the following more specific symptoms appear:
No one has all these symptoms. The pattern of symptoms varies widely from person to person. Often, friends and family members are more aware of these changes than the affected person.
Most patients with PSP display the characteristic findings of slowness of movement, stiffness, balance difficulty, and eye movement problems. The classic eye movement problem is an inability to voluntarily move the eyes downward, although this problem may take time to develop. Ultimately, all voluntary eye movements may be lost.
Generally, the cognitive and behavioral symptoms are mild and less severe than in other types of dementia, such as Alzheimer disease and stroke-related dementia. These symptoms are more likely to occur in later stages of the disease.
Eric R Eggenberger, DO
Robert A Hauser, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Stephen Berman, MD, PhD
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