Complications of progressive supranuclear palsy result primarily from hindered muscle movements. These complications may include:

  • Falling, which could lead to head injuries, fractures and other injuries.
  • Difficulty focusing your eyes, which also can lead to injuries.
  • 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.

To avoid the hazards of choking, your doctor may recommend a feeding tube. To avoid injuries due to falling, a walker or a wheelchair may be used.

April 10, 2014