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Dr Khaled Amar, Dr Ryan Aguiar, Dr. Jonathan Hewitt
Foundation Years Journal, volume 4, issue 3, p.19 (123Doc Education, London, March 2010)
Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), also known as Steele-Richardson-Olszewski syndrome, is an uncommon neurodegenerative disease which often starts in middle and late life, and is frequently misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease (1). PSP is characterised by a predominantly axial Parkinsonism with head retraction and a poor response to levodopa. Other classic features include an early onset of postural instability and falls together with paralysis of downward gaze. Cognitive impairment and dementia is well documented in PSP but a presentation with dementia prior to the motor features is rare. We present a case of PSP that presented with cognitive impairment progressing to a dementia picture for 4 years before the onset of the typical motor features of PSP.
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Dr Khaled Amar
Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Dorset
Dr Ryan Aguiar
King's Park Unit
Dr. Jonathan Hewitt
Consultant in old age Psychiatry
Barrow Hospital, Bristol
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