Multiple System Atrophy

Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by symptoms of autonomic nervous system failure (such as lightheadedness or fainting spells, constipation, erectile failure in men, and urinary retention) combined with tremor and rigidity, slurred speech, or loss of muscle coordination. MSA affects both men and women, primarily in their 50s. It can progress swiftly or slowly, but people with MSA generally survive for 9 years after the appearance of symptoms. 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 UCNI physician, please have the following information available when you contact us:

• Name
• Address
• Daytime phone number
• Insurance coverage – name of the company, your insurance plan number
• Diagnosis or symptoms – the nature of the problem
• Tests you have had
• Medical treatments or surgery you have undergone for this condition

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