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Multiple system atrophy

Date: May 2011


A definite diagnosis of multiple system atrophy confirmed by a Consultant Neurologist. There must be evidence of disease progression and permanent clinical impairment of:

  • motor function with associated rigidity of movement, or
  • the ability to coordinate muscle movement, or
  • bladder control and postural hypotension.


Definition update history:

Multiple system atrophy May 2011

What does this mean?

Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a progressive neurological disorder that affects adults (males and females). It is caused by degeneration or atrophy of nerve cells in several (or multiple) areas of the brain which can result in problems with movement, balance and automatic functions of the body. The cause of MSA is unknown and it develops gradually.

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