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The MSA Coaliltion are now 
Mission MSA.

The Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) Coalition is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a 30-year history of devotion to improving the quality of life and building hope for people living with MSA.

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Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) is a rare neurodegenerative disorder that can cause a multitude of symptoms in any combination including impairments to balance, difficulty with movement, poor coordination, bladder dysfunction, sleep disturbances and poor blood pressure control. The disease was first known as Shy-Drager Syndrome. Currently, it is believed that MSA is “sporadic,” meaning that there are no established genetic or environmental factors that cause the disease. A few reports have described families with MSA, but this finding is probably very rare.

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Whay is MSA or Multiple System Atrophy
Common questions about MSA

Common Questions about MSA

Is there a cure for Multiple System Atrophy?

Currently, there are no treatments to delay the progressive neurodegeneration of MSA, and there is no cure. There are treatments to help people cope with the symptoms of MSA.

What is the life expectancy of someone with MSA?

Prognosis is currently guarded, with most MSA patients passing away from the disease or its complications within 6-10 years after the onset of symptoms.

Is MSA worse than Parkinsons?

MSA-P is more common than MSA-C. The most common symptoms seen with MSA-P are those that are more similar to Parkinson’s disease, hence the designation.

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Patient Stories

Do you have Multiple System Atrophy and want to share your story? 

We would be honored to share.

Patient Stories
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