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Multiple System Atrophy

Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a rare degenerative neurological disease. It impairs movement, balance and autonomic functions (such as heart rate, blood pressure, bladder control, and digestion). There are three sub-types of MSA: Shy-Drager syndrome, striatonigral degeneration, and olivopontocerebellar atrophy (OPCA). MSA has several clinical features of Parkinson's disease, and sometimes it is referred to as "Parkinsonism-plus."  MSA develops in adulthood, with typical age of onset in the late 50s to early 60s. Men are at greater risk to get this disease than women.

At present, there is no cure for MSA. However, medications, cells treatment, and life style changes may help to manage the symptoms.

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