Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) With Low Blood Pressure May Be a Sign of Neurogenic Orthostatic Hypotension (nOH)
MSA is a rare neurological disorder that causes problems with movement, coordination, and involuntary body functions, such as blood pressure control. MSA, previously called Shy-Drager syndrome, results from ongoing damage to several areas of the nervous system.
MSA and nOH
MSA affects both men and women and is typically first seen in people in their 60s. MSA has similarities to Parkinson’s disease, but MSA progresses faster than Parkinson’s disease and has additional symptoms. Part of the way MSA affects the brain is that it disrupts the autonomic nervous system, which regulates such things as blood pressure. This characteristic can lead a patient with MSA to develop nOH, which is a manageable condition. Patients with MSA may commonly have nOH as an early part of their disease, yet it can go undiagnosed.
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