Treatments for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
Treatment List for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
The list of treatments mentioned in various sources
for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
includes the following list.
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or change in treatment plans.
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Hospital statistics for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy:
These medical statistics relate to hospitals, hospitalization and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy:
- 0.0005% (63) of hospital consultant episodes were for progressive supranuclear ophthalmoplegia in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
- 72% of hospital consultant episodes for progressive supranuclear ophthalmoplegia required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
- 46% of hospital consultant episodes for progressive supranuclear ophthalmoplegia were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
- 54% of hospital consultant episodes for progressive supranuclear ophthalmoplegia were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Discussion of treatments for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy:
There is currently no effective treatment for PSP,
although scientists are searching for better ways to manage the disease.
In some patients the slowness, stiffness, and balance problems of PSP may
respond to antiparkinsonian agents such as levodopa, or levodopa combined
with anticholinergic agents, but the effect is usually temporary. The
speech, vision, and swallowing difficulties usually do not respond to any
drug treatment.. Another group of drugs that has been of some modest
success in PSP are antidepressant medications. The most commonly used of
these drugs are Prozac, Elavil, and Tofranil. The anti-PSP benefit of
these drugs seems not to be related to their ability to relieve
depression. Non-drug treatment for PSP can take many forms. Patients
frequently use weighted walking aids because of their tendency to fall
backward. Bifocals or special glasses called prisms are sometimes
prescribed for PSP patients to remedy the difficulty of looking down.
Formal physical therapy is of no proven benefit in PSP, but certain
exercises can be done to keep the joints limber. A surgical procedure, a
gastrostomy, may be necessary when there are swallowing disturbances. This
surgery involves the placement of a tube through the skin of the abdomen
into the stomach (intestine) for feeding purposes.
(Source: excerpt from NINDS Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Information Page: NINDS
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