ComplicationsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Complications of progressive supranuclear palsy result primarily from hindered muscle movements. These complications may include:
- Frequent falling, which can lead to head injuries, fractures and other injuries.
- Difficulty focusing your eyes, which also can lead to injuries.
- Problems with reading, driving a car, or other tasks requiring hand-eye coordination.
- Difficulty sleeping.
- Difficulty looking at bright lights.
- Problems swallowing, which can lead to choking or inhaling food or liquid into your airway (aspiration). Aspiration can develop into pneumonia — the most common cause of death in people with progressive supranuclear palsy.
- Impulsive behaviors — for example, standing up without waiting for assistance — which can lead to falls.
Complications from progressive supranuclear palsy may eventually necessitate the use of a feeding tube due to choking hazards. To avoid injuries due to falling, a walker or a wheelchair may also be necessary.
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