Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder. It is characterized by symptoms of autonomic nervous system failure, such as lightheadedness or fainting spells, constipation, erectile failure in men, and urinary retention. Other symptoms include tremor, rigidity, slurred speech and loss of muscle coordination. MSA affects both men and women, primarily in their 50s. It can progress swiftly or slowly. There is no remission from the disease.
MSA is the current name for disorders once known individually as striatonigral degeneration, sporadic olivopontocerebellar atrophy, and the Shy-Drager syndrome.
If you think that you or a loved one might be exhibiting some of the symptoms of MSA and would like to make an appointment with a movement disorders specialist, please call (513) 475-8730.
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