SymptomsBy Mayo Clinic staff
The characteristic signs and symptoms of progressive supranuclear palsy include:
- A loss of balance while walking. You'll likely have a greater tendency to fall backward. This can occur very early on in the disease.
- An inability to aim your eyes properly. This is particularly true when looking downward, or it may occur as a blurring or doubling of vision. This difficulty with focusing the eyes can make some people appear disinterested in conversation because of poor eye contact.
Additional signs and symptoms of progressive supranuclear palsy vary from person to person and may mimic those of Parkinson's disease and dementia. These can include:
- Awkward movements
- Problems with speech and swallowing
- Loss of interest in pleasurable activities (apathy)
- Depression and anxiety
- Laughing or crying for no reason
True to its name, the signs and symptoms of progressive supranuclear palsy tend to become progressively worse as the disease advances.
When to see a doctor
Make an appointment with your doctor if you experience signs and symptoms of progressive supranuclear palsy.
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