PSP Overview in Continuum, August 2016

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PSP Overview in Continuum, August 2016

Postby Robin » Sun Aug 14, 2016 1:48 pm

An overview of diagnosing atypical parkinsonian disorders, including progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), was published in the August 2016 issue of Continuum, a journal for neurologists.

There’s nothing new in the article but it provides a good summary of current knowledge about PSP. The article discusses:

* PSP symptoms, including falls, eye problems, facial appearance, dysarthria, dysphagia, apathy, depression, disinhibition, emotional lability, dementia, and perseveration.

* the five types of PSP, including:

> Richardson syndrome (classic PSP)
> PSP-parkinsonism
> PSP-pure akinesia with gait freezing
> PSP-corticobasal syndrome (PSP-CBS) (or primary nonfluent aphasia)
> PSP-behavioral variant of frontotemporal dementia (FTD)

One case study is provided of someone with PSP-parkinsonism.

* two other possible PSP variants with features that overlap with either primary lateral sclerosis (PLS) or cerebellar ataxia.

* PSP pathology, diagnostics, and treatments

Citation is:

Diagnostic Approach to Atypical Parkinsonian Syndromes.
Nikolaus R. McFarland
Continuum. 2016 Aug;22(4 Movement Disorders):1117-42.
PubMed ID#: 27495201

See this blog post for excerpts and link to full article: ... gust-2016/

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