The term Multiple System Atrophy is used for a rare kind of progressive neurodegenerative disorder that has symptoms of both movement and autonomic nervous system. The most common signs here include the eventual loss of progressive functions, failure of organs, digestion problems, blood pressure issues and eventually disease like Parkinson’s disease.
HOW IS MULTIPLE SYSTEM ATROPHY DIAGNOSED?
There are no specific tests to confirm this disease. A doctor who specializes in the nervous system (neurologist) can make the diagnosis based on:
• History of symptoms
• Physical examination results
• Ruling out other causes of symptoms
Testing to help confirm the diagnosis may include:
• MRI of head
• Plasma norepinephrine levels
• Urine examination for norepinephrine breakdown products (urine catecholamines)
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?
Physiotherapy helps maintain muscle tone in people affected with Multiple System Atrophy