MSA (Multiple System Atrophy)

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What is MSA (Multiple System Atrophy)?

Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a degenerative neurological disorder. MSA is associated with the degeneration of nerve cells in specific areas of the brain. This cell degeneration causes problems with movement, balance and autonomic functions of the body such as bladder control.

What is it like to have MSA (Multiple System Atrophy)?

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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What do patients take to treat MSA (Multiple System Atrophy) and its symptoms?

Treatments reported by members
Perceived effectiveness
Overall rating of side effects
# of Evaluations

These charts show data from MSA patients’ latest treatment evaluations
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has MSA (Multiple System Atrophy) on PatientsLikeMe?

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 15
30s 24
40s 64
50s 151
60s 193
70+ 89


Distribution of females vs. males

52% Females
48% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 8
20-29 years 14
30-39 years 28
40-49 years 82
50-59 years 137
60-69 years 65
70+ years 11

Condition Types Proportion # of patients
Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) 253
Olivopontocerebellar atrophy (OPCA/MSA-c) 88
Shy-Drager Syndrome (MSA-a) 49
Striatonigral degeneration (MSA-p) 68
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 352
Not Diagnosed 54

These charts show data from MSA patients who have completed their condition history
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