What Are the Symptoms of Multiple System Atrophy?

Q:
What are the symptoms of multiple system atrophy?

A:
MSA is classified by two types: parkinsonian and cerebellar, and the type depends on the symptoms you have at diagnosis.

Parkinsonian type
The signs and symptoms are similar to those of Parkinson’s disease, such as:

  • Rigid muscles
  • Difficulty bending your arms and legs
  • Slow movement (bradykinesia)
  • Tremors (rare in MSA compared with classic Parkinson’s disease)
  • Problems with posture and balance

Cerebellar type
The main signs and symptoms are problems with muscle coordination (ataxia), but others may include:

  • Impaired movement and coordination, such as unsteady gait and loss of balance
  • Slurred, slow or low-volume speech (dysarthria)
  • Visual disturbances, such as blurred or double vision and difficulty focusing your eyes
  • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) or chewing

Key word: multiple systems atrophy symptoms

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