Doctors for Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia in Unaki, Hubli-Dharwad
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HEREDITARY SPASTIC PARAPLEGIA
Hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP), also called familial spastic paraparesis (FSP), refers to a group of inherited disorders that are characterized by progressive weakness and spasticity or stiffness of the legs. Early in the disease course, there may be mild gait difficulties and stiffness. These symptoms progress gradually and people affected may require the assistance of a cane, walker or wheelchair.
HOW IS HEREDITARY SPASTIC PARAPLEGIA DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of HSP is based upon identification of characteristic symptoms, a detailed patient history and a thorough clinical evaluation. A variety of specialized tests such as neuroimaging and neurophysiologic studies may be required to rule out other conditions. Routine lab tests, cerebrospinal fluid analysis, electromyography and nerve conduction studies are normal in individuals with HSP. Molecular genetic testing is recommended for some subtypes of HSP on a clinical basis.
HOW IS HEREDITARY SPASTIC PARAPLEGIA TREATED?
There is no specific treatment for slowing or prevention of Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia. Symptomatic and medical management aims at promoting physical and emotional well being. Muscle relaxants provide relief from muscle cramps.
DID YOU KNOW?
Life expectancy is normal. However, complications arising from falls or immobility caused by the symptoms of HSP may accidentally shorten a person’s life.