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  • Multiple system atrophy

    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.

  • Multiple system atrophy

    Seventy-two per cent (33/46) fulfilled the consensus statement. There were 85% Chinese, 9% Malays, and 6% Indians. The mean age at onset of the disease was 60 +/- 10 years. We found a predominance of males (M:F = 1.5:1) as well as MSA-C cases (67%). The most common initial presenting features were parkinsonism and cerebellar signs (27% each). Abnormal neuroimaging was seen in 29 patients (91%). Autonomic function testing was abnormal in 58% (7/12). The risk for aid-requiring walking and wheelchair use at 3 years from onset of the disease was 31% and 17%, respectively. By 5 years, this had increased to 45% and 30%, respectively. There was no difference in the events rate between MSA subtypes.

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