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Multiple System Atrophy

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by Kellicker PG

(MSA; Sporadic Olivopontocerebellar Atrophy; Shy-Drager Syndrome; Parkinson’s Plus Syndrome; Multi-system Degeneration; Multi-system Atrophy; Idiopathic Autonomic Failure; Idiopathic Orthostatic Hypotension;)

 

Diagnosis

Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A exam of the nervous system will also be done. You will likely be referred to a specialist.
Diagnosing MSA can be difficult. Other diseases will need to be ruled out. Tests to help rule out other diseases include:
Tests will also be done on your heart rate and blood pressure. These tests will help determine what is causing problems with your autonomic nervous system. Nerve impulses to your muscles may also be tested.
 

RESOURCES

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/

National Dysautonomia Research Foundation
http://www.ndrf.org/

Shy-Drager/Multiple System Atrophy Support Group
http://www.shy-drager.org/

Worldwide Education and Awareness for Movement Disorders
http://www.wemove.org/

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Institutes of Health Research
http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/

Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation
http://www.ccns.org/

 

References


Multiple System Atrophy. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/msa/detail%5Fmsa.htm. Accessed April 19, 2013.


Multiple System Atrophy with Orthostatic Hypotension. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/msa%5Forthostatic%5Fhypotension/msa%5Forthostatic%5Fhypotension.htm. Accessed April 19, 2013.


Multiple System Atrophy/Shy-Drager Syndrome. Vanderbilt University Medical Center website. Available at: http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/root/vumc.php?site=adc&doc=4791. Accessed April 19, 2013.


Multiple System Atrophy. DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated April 2, 2013. Accessed April 19, 2013.


Olivopontocerebellar Atrophy . National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/opca/opca.htm. Accessed April 19, 2013.


Overview of multiple system atrophy. Worldwide Education and Awareness for Movement Disorders website. Available at: http://www.wemove.org/msa/msa.html. Accessed April 19, 2013.

 

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