It is a degenerative neurological disorder.Multiple system atrophy effects the nerve cells in specific areas of the brain and it causes problems with movement, balance, and autonomic functions of the body such as bladder control or blood-pressure regulation.MSA is also known as Shy-Drager syndrome. The symptoms of shy-drager are like Parkinson's disease-like symptoms.Currently there is no specific treatment available to cure multiple system atrophy.Physiotherapy can help to manage symptoms.
The prevalence of Parkinsonism and its causes in a cohort of individuals age 64 years or older in Bambuí, a Brazilian town. In phase I, 1,186 people older than 64 years responded to a 9-question screening questionnaire for Parkinsonism. In phase II, all subjects who scored > or = 2 points on the test were examined independently by at least 2 movement disorder-trained physicians. A movement disorder senior specialist excluded or confirmed the diagnosis in all suspected cases.