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Multiple System Atrophy (MSA)

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Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a degenerative disease of the central nervous system that causes loss voluntary and involuntary muscles and eventually leads to death. At the Florida Hospital Neuroscience Institute, an interdisciplinary team of highly skilled healthcare professionals specializes in the care and treatment of patients with progressive neurological diseases such as MSA. Supported by the Institute’s advanced technology, experts in the most current therapies develop treatment programs designed specifically for the individual’s unique needs. Supportive care helps manage both symptoms and challenges faced by people affected by MSA and their families.

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Multiple system atrophy damages nerve cells areas of the brain and spinal cord responsible for movement and that control autonomic functions such as heartbeat. In some cases, MSA is accompanied by a sudden drop in blood pressure when standing up – known as orthostatic hypotension – once referred to as Shy-Drager Syndrome. Doctors divide this type of MSA into three classifications: Parkinsonian-type MSA characterized by tremors, stiff muscles and moving slowing; cerebellar-type, related to speech and movement problems; and combined-type that presents symptoms of both types.

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