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How long do PSP patients live?

How long do PSP patients live?

Help from a speech and language therapist at an early stage can lower this risk for as long as possible. As a result of these complications, the average life expectancy for someone with PSP is around 6 or 7 years from when their symptoms start.

What are the end stages of PSP?

The final stages of PSP are usually dominated by an increasingly severe dysarthria and dysphagia. These features are usually described as being part of a pseudo-bulbar palsy, as brisk jaw and facial jerks may be present.

What’s the life expectancy of a person with PSP?

As with anyone with PSP, Swankie cannot say for sure how long he has left. The life expectancy from onset is thought to be around seven years, but pinpointing that onset feels impossible. I have my own experience of the condition.

Who is Keith Swankie and what kind of palsy does he have?

Keith Swankie, who has progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), with his wife Sheelagh and their daughters. Keith Swankie, who has progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), with his wife Sheelagh and their daughters.

How did Swankie Swankie find out he had PSP?

Diagnosing PSP before death involves piecing together a jigsaw of clues, ruling out other conditions and, in Swankie’s case, a perceptive GP. His initial referral to a specialist brought no answers. “The neurologist said: ‘I can’t do anything for you’,” recalls the father of two.

Is it possible to have PSP in your brain?

“I can say with confidence that a lot of people with PSP in their brains are not being recognised,” says Dr Ian Coyle-Gilchrist, part of a team of neurologists at Cambridge University researching PSP and related conditions.

Is it possible to diagnose PSP in early stages?

A careful evaluation of symptoms can diagnose PSP. But it is often hard to diagnose in its early stages as it may mimic Parkinson disease or an inner ear infection. This is because balance is so affected by PSP. Diagnosis usually includes ruling out other conditions.

As with anyone with PSP, Swankie cannot say for sure how long he has left. The life expectancy from onset is thought to be around seven years, but pinpointing that onset feels impossible. I have my own experience of the condition.

How does progressive supranuclear palsy ( PSP ) occur?

Although experts basically understand how PSP happens, they don’t understand why it happens. PSP occurs when brain cells in an area of the brain stem become damaged, but how and why these cells are damaged isn’t clear. What are the symptoms of progressive supranuclear palsy?

Keith Swankie, who has progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), with his wife Sheelagh and their daughters. Keith Swankie, who has progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), with his wife Sheelagh and their daughters.