Multiple System Atrophy (MSA)

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Multiple System Atrophy (MSA)

Multiple System Atrophy (MSA)
Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) most commonly known as multiple organ failure is a very progressive disorder in which affects the autonomic nervous system. Multiple System Atrophy mostly affects the autonomic nervous system which is the system in which the non-voluntary processes in the body is monitored by, such as blood pressure, digestion, and pulse. During the progressive part of MSA, the disease results in extreme loss of function and death of several nerve cells in the brain and spine. To this day there is no diagnosed known cause to Multiple System Atrophy. MSA is so rare, in fact it only affects 15,000-50,000 people total in a lifetime. This disorder is most common in males
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Symptoms of autonomic failure that are mostly commonly seen in the early stages of Multiple System Atrophy include, fainting spells, heart rate issues, erectile dysfunction, motor impairments, muscle tremor or loss of muscle coordination, difficulties with speech and walking, as well as bladder control. Most early symptoms of MSA are very common to those of Parkinson 's disease. Clients with MSA usually suffer from orthostatic hypotension as well. Orthostatic hypotension is when a client makes a sudden movement, such as going from sitting to standing, their blood pressure remains uncontrollable and drops suddenly, causing light headedness, or fainting (Multiple System Atrophy Fact Sheet, 2014, par.…show more content…
The two different types include MSA-P and MSA-C. MSA-P is the Parkinsonian form of MSA which has the similar symptoms to Parkinson 's disease such as moving slow, muscle tremor, and stiffness. MSA-C is the cerebellar version of Multiple System Atrophy. The cerebellar part of the brain is involved with coordination. MSA-C has symptoms including ataxia, difficulty with speech and swallowing, and abnormal eye movements.

In males, the most common first symptom of MSA is erectile dysfunction. Usually males ignore this symptoms as a huge problem because of the age that MSA is most commonly onset. Since 50 years old and later is the most common age that males develop MSA, they usually see the erectile dysfunction as a normal part of getting older. MSA is associated with deterioration and shrinking of portions of your brain which are the ones that regulate internal body functions, digestion and motor skills. The difficulty swallowing, eating, digestion, and muscle coordination is caused rapidly by this

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