MSA is a rare neurologic disorder that causes problems with movement, coordination, and involuntary body functions, such as blood pressure control. MSA, also called Shy-Drager syndrome, results from ongoing damage to several areas of the nervous system. It has similarities to Parkinson’s disease, but MSA progresses faster than Parkinson’s and has additional symptoms.
MSA is typically first seen in people in their 60s. Visit the MSA Coalition’s website to learn more about MSA.
MSA affects the brain by disrupting the autonomic nervous system, which regulates involuntary functions in the body, like maintaining blood pressure. This can result in nOH, a separate condition that can also be managed. People with MSA may commonly experience nOH symptoms as an early part of their disease, yet it can go undiagnosed.