Multiple System Atrophy is a rare neurological disorder that affects the involuntary functions of the body. Involuntary actions like heart rate, bladder function and digestion are affected by Multiple System Atrophy. Symptoms are:
• Rigid muscles and difficulty in bending arms and legs
• Slow movement
• Impaired posture
• Unsteady gait
• Loss of bladder control
• Sleep disturbance
• Sexual dysfunction
• Cardiovascular problems
HOW IS MULTIPLE SYSTEM ATROPHY DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of the condition is difficult as there is no specific test to confirm it. This is the reason some people are not properly diagnosed. Brain imaging scans, blood tests and brain MRI will help the general physician with the diagnosis.
HOW IS MULTIPLE SYSTEM ATROPHY TREATED?
There is no cure for Multiple System Atrophy, only the symptoms can be addressed to improve quality of life. Blood pressure control can be achieved through medication. Pacemaker and other cardio aids may be used for improving cardiovascular functioning
DID YOU KNOW?
Multiple System Atrophy occurs between 50 and 60 years of age and tends of affect men more than women.