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What Is The Survival Rate For Progressive Supranuclear Palsy & Can I Get Disability Benefits?

Progressive supranuclear palsy belongs to the category of rare and progressive condition, which causes problems related to physical balance, vision, movements, swallowing, and speech. PSP takes place whenever cells belonging to the brain region suffer severe damage with time.(1)

No one knows the underlying cause of PSP i.e. progressive supranuclear palsy. However, it is a type of tauopathy, where abnormal phosphorylation of the tau protein destroys the essential protein filaments in the nerve cells to cause death. There are rarely a few of the individuals, who have a family history related to PSP and the underlying genetic related abnormality is unknown in such families.(2)

The condition of progressive supranuclear palsy becomes worse with time and results in varieties of life-threatening complications, like swallowing problems and pneumonia. Until now, doctors have not found any specific cure to deal with the condition of progressive supranuclear palsy.

Hence, the treatment procedures and/or therapies focus on managing only the signs and symptoms of PSP.(3)

What Is The Survival Rate For Progressive Supranuclear Palsy & Can I Get Disability Benefits?

Progressive supranuclear palsy is an extreme disability condition because of motor loss combined with communication and cognitive disabilities. The survival rate of PSP is up to after 7years of your diagnosis. Hence, filing for your social security disability is an essential step with the progression of PSP disease. While you apply for social security disability in the case of PSP diagnosis, authorities will precede your request to avail of benefits in the form of Compassionate Allowance. According to SSA guidelines, you should possess the following important medical documentation to qualify for progressive supranuclear palsy-

  • An assessment of your cognitive skills, including your memory
  • As assessment of your walking and physical balance abilities
  • An eye examination to diagnose the inability of moving your eyes upward or downward
  • MRI scans

You should make sure that your doctor and other medical professionals have ruled out Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other similar conditions systematically. You must undergo accurate diagnosis not only to get a compassionate allowance but also for proper medical treatment.

Dealing with the disability effects of the progressive supranuclear palsy degenerative condition is highly life-altering for individuals. However, with the help of a reputed disability lawyer and compassionate allowance determination, you may easily get the required benefits within only a few weeks.(4)

Can You Die From Progressive Supranuclear Palsy?

Even though PSP condition is not fatal, symptoms continue become worse and they are incurable. Especially, progressive supranuclear palsy causes many severe complications when you face difficulty in swallowing your food. Accordingly, you may easily breathe food or choke on food in the lungs, and your risk related to slip followed by severe head injury and breaking bone increases. In most of the cases, patients die because of pneumonia and other life-threatening diseases, which take place because of progressive supranuclear palsy.(5)


Based on the aforementioned facts, we should say that progressive supranuclear palsy is a severe type of disability condition. Moreover, progressive supranuclear palsy itself is not fatal instead; people suffer death because of its complications, especially because of life-threatening pneumonia associated with PSP.


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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:August 3, 2020

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