Multiple System Atrophy

Multiple system atrophy is a deteriorating neurological disorder that depletes the nerve cells in the brain. The symptoms of MSA are movement problems, balance, and bladder control. MSA mainly appears in men in their later age and there has been no discovered cure. There are drugs available to deal with the symptoms and rehabilitation procedures that can help with daily living. There are two types of MSA that doctors define as parkinsonian type and cerebellar type. Parkinson type (MSA-P) has more characteristics of the disease including slow movements and tremors. Cerebellar type (MSA-C) has symptoms focusing with swallowing and speech.

Cause: There is no known cause for MSA, although some researchers believe it is an inherited disorder.

Forms: There are two different forms of MSA: MSA Parkinson type (MSA-P) and MSA Cerebellar type (MSA-C).

Symptoms: The symptoms of MSA fall into two different types MSA-P and MSA-C (See above for specific symptoms). The general symptoms of the disease are low blood pressure that creates dizziness as well as poor bowl movement, abnormal sweatiness, sleep disorders, sexual dysfunctions, irregular heartbeat, and emotional problems.

Treatment: There are various medications to treat the different forms of MSA. This includes drugs to treat Parkinson’s disease symptoms, pacemakers, and feeding tubes for later staged patients.

Helpful Links:

The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition

Multiple System Atrophy Awareness

Multiple System Atrophy Fact Sheet

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