Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is a rare progressive condition that can cause problems with balance, movement, vision, speech and swallowing.
It’s caused by increasing numbers of brain cells becoming damaged over time. Most cases of PSP develop in people who are over the age of 60.
The symptoms of PSP usually get gradually worse over time.
At first, they can be similar to some other conditions, which makes it difficult to diagnose early on.
Some of the main symptoms of PSP include:
• problems with balance and mobility, including frequent falls.
• changes in behaviour, such as irritability or apathy (lack of interest)
• muscle stiffness
• an inability to control eye and eyelid movement, including focusing on specific objects or looking up or down at something
• slow, quiet or slurred speech
• difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
• slowness of thought and some memory problems