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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 (stiffness) of the legs.
Early in the disease course, there may be mild gait difficulties and stiffness. The hallmark of Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia is progressive difficulty walking due to increasingly weak and stiff (spastic) muscles.
The prognosis for individuals with Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia varies. While some individuals are very disabled, others have only mild disability and can therefore, live without disrupting their every day activities.
The diagnosis of Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia is primarily done by neurological examination and testing to rule out other disorders. Family history may also be taken to come to a accurate decision.