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What is Multiple system atrophy?

What is Multiple system atrophy?

  • Multiple system atrophy: A rare disorder where nerve degeneration causes progressive neurological problems involving the central and autonomic nervous system. The rate of progression is variable.

Multiple system atrophy is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Multiple system atrophy, or a subtype of Multiple system atrophy, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Multiple system atrophy as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet

Multiple system atrophy: Introduction

Types of Multiple system atrophy:

Broader types of Multiple system atrophy:

How serious is Multiple system atrophy?

Prognosis of Multiple system atrophy: patients usually survive for less than 10 years after the onset of symptoms and there are no periods of remission.

What causes Multiple system atrophy?

Causes of Multiple system atrophy: see causes of Multiple system atrophy

What are the symptoms of Multiple system atrophy?

Symptoms of Multiple system atrophy: see symptoms of Multiple system atrophy

Onset of Multiple system atrophy: usually during the 50's

Multiple system atrophy: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Multiple system atrophy.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Multiple system atrophy.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Multiple system atrophy: Neurologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Multiple system atrophy.
Treatments for Multiple system atrophy: see treatments for Multiple system atrophy
Research for Multiple system atrophy: see research for Multiple system atrophy

Name and Aliases of Multiple system atrophy

Main name of condition: Multiple system atrophy

Other names or spellings for Multiple system atrophy:


MSA (Multiple system atrophy)
Source - Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Multiple system atrophy: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Multiple system atrophy:


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