Corticobasal degeneration

Corticobasal degeneration (CBD) is a frontotemporal dementia. It is a rare condition where brain cells become damaged over time and certain sections of the brain start to shrink. It is a progressive condition. This means that the initial symptoms will become more severe over time, and new symptoms may also develop.

Initial symptoms of CBD include

  • sudden difficulties in controlling certain limbs
  • loss of balance and co-ordination

As the condition progresses, symptoms become more wide ranging and troublesome, such as

  • muscle spasms and stiffness
  • ongoing decline of mental functions (dementia)
  • difficulties swallowing food and liquid
  • difficulties speaking

For more information and support, contact the PSP Association website.