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Progressive Supranuclear Palsy


Synonyms of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
  • Nuchal Dystonia Dementia Syndrome
  • PSP
  • Steele-Richardson-Olszewski Syndrome

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is a rare degenerative neurological disorder characterized by loss of balance and impaired walking; loss of control of voluntary eye movement, especially in the downward direction; abnormal muscle tone (rigidity); speech difficulties (dysarthria); and problems related to swallowing and eating (dysphagia). Affected individuals frequently experience personality changes and cognitive impairment. Symptoms typically begin in one?s 60s, but can start as early as the 40s. The exact cause of progressive supranuclear palsy is unknown. PSP is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson?s disease, Alzheimer's disease, or other neurodegenerative disorders.

    Organizations related to Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
    • CurePSP: Society for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
      Executive Plaza III Suite 906
      Hunt Valley MD 21031
      Phone #: 410-785-7004
      800 #: 800-457-4777
      e-mail: spsp@psp.org
      Home page: http://www.psp.org
    • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
      31 Center Drive
      Bethesda MD 20892-2540
      Phone #: 301-496-5751
      800 #: 800-352-9424
      e-mail: braininfo@ninds.nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/
    • National Parkinson Foundation, Inc.
      1501 NW 9th Ave/Bob Hope Road
      Miami FL 33136-1494
      Phone #: 305-243-6666
      800 #: 800-327-4545
      e-mail: contact@parkinson.org
      Home page: http://www.parkinson.org
    • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP Europe) Association
      The Old Rectory
      Northamptonshire Intl NN12 8SQ
      Phone #: 44 -132-7 860299
      800 #: --
      e-mail: psp@pspeur.org
      Home page: http://www.pspeur.org
    • UCSF Memory and Aging Center
      350 Parnassus Avenue
      San Francisco CA 94117
      Phone #: 415-476-6800
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: N/A
      Home page: http://memory.ucsf.edu
    • WE MOVE (Worldwide Education and Awareness for Movement Disorders)
      204 West 84th Street
      New York NY 10024
      Phone #: 212-875-8312
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: wemove@wemove.org
      Home page: http://www.wemove.org



    For a Complete Report

    This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc. ? (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be obtained for a small fee by visiting the NORD website. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational treatments (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, see http://www.rarediseases.org/search/rdblist.html