Veteran actor Kader Khan, who is well known for his comic roles in films like Hum, Coolie and Haseena Maan Jayegi is currently in the hospital, battling for his life. His condition deteriorated overnight and is still critical.

While fans and well wishers are wishing for his speedy recovery, death rumours surfaced yesterday which were immediately shunned by his family. Speaking to the media, his son Sarfaraz, shared that the actor has been suffering from problems for quite some time now and has been in and out of the hospital. He was also given a knee transplant to help him to walk but that did not provide much respite.

Kader Khan has been diagnosed with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy or PSP. He is also facing trouble breathing and showing signs of pneumonia, adding to his troubles.

According to a report, the actor, who is 81, has brief moments of consciousness with very little eye movement, which is a classic symptom of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). Here is what you need to know:

What happens in Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)?
A type of rare neurological brain disorder, PSP affects the part of the brain which is responsible for controlling the movement, speech, reflexes, thinking, mood and behaviour. The symptoms occur spaced out and is similar to Parkinsons and Alzheimers.

The disease is very rare globally, with 3 to 6 people out of 1,00,000 diagnosed with the condition. The symptoms start to worsen over time and age and makes the body very fragile, weak and prone to other illnesses as well. It also causes damage to important nerve clusters in the brain which control other functions in the body.

Is the disease fatal? How are the symptoms diagnosed?

Like Parkinsons or Alzheimers, PSP commonly strikes people after the age of 60. Initial symptoms like dizziness, blurring speech can be experienced at a younger age but it becomes more common after 60.

Treatment options
Till date, there is no effective cure for the disease but the symptoms can be managed with medication.

- Medication prescribed for Parkinson's is used to increase the dopamine levels in the body to control neurological functions
- To battle reduced eye function, botox injections and eye patches are also prescribed.
- Physical therapy and occupational therapy is also suggested to combat with the changes and to improve body posture.
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