Problems With Speech
Throughout the progression of the disease, progressive supranuclear palsy patients will have increasing problems with speech and language capabilities. Their speech tends to become slurred and slow, with frequent pauses between words. It might be difficult for an individual to swallow both liquids and foods, and they might have to give up difficult-to-swallow foods entirely. Speech might become monotone and facial expressions mask-like.
All of these speech problems match up with the typical progression of Parkinson's disease. Many PSP patients receive an initial misdiagnosis of Parkinson's disease. However, progressive supranuclear palsy has a more rapid onset time than Parkinson's. PSP speech problems tend to present in more severe ways than in Parkinson's.
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