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Neurology - Progressive Supranuclear Palsy

Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)

Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is a rare brain disorder that causes serious and permanent problems with control of gait and balance. The most obvious sign of the disease is an inability to aim the eyes properly, which occurs because of lesions in the area of the brain that coordinates eye movements. Some patients describe this effect as a blurring. PSP patients often show alterations of mood and behavior, including depression and apathy as well as progressive mild dementia. It must be emphasized that the pattern of signs and symptoms can be quite different from person to person. The symptoms of PSP are caused by a gradual deterioration of brain cells in a few tiny but important places at the base of the brain, in the region called the brainstem.

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The University of Utah PSP & Atypical Parkinsonism support group meets on the second Monday of every month. Please join us for our next support group meeting. Click here for more details.

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PSP Research Study

WE MOVE (Worldwide Education & Awareness for Movement Disorders)

CUREPSP (Foundation for PSP|CBD and Related Brain Diseases)

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