The disease progresses over the course of 9 to 18 years. Most people require an aid for walking, such as a cane or walker within a few years, and may be bedridden after 5 to 8 years after the symptoms started. While this is a very serious disease, and, in many cases is fatal after 6 to 10 years from the disease's onset, survival is quite variable, and some patients with MSA live for 15 years or more after symptom onset.
This table lists symptoms that people with this disease may have. For most diseases, symptoms will vary from person to person. People with the same disease may not have all the symptoms listed. This information comes from a database called the Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) . The HPO collects information on symptoms that have been described in medical resources. The HPO is updated regularly. Use the HPO ID to access more in-depth information about a symptom.
|Medical Terms||Other Names||
|5%-29% of people have these symptoms|
Abnormality of cognition
Mental impairment[ more ]
|Percent of people who have these symptoms is not available through HPO|
Lack of sweating
Sweating dysfunction[ more ]
Slowness of movements[ more ]
Difficulty articulating speech
Decreased ability to sweat
Sweating, decreased[ more ]
Difficulty getting a full erection
Difficulty getting an erection
Erectile dysfunction[ more ]
Drooping upper eyelid
|Skeletal muscle atrophy||
Muscle wasting[ more ]
Loss of bladder control
Research helps us better understand diseases and can lead to advances in diagnosis and treatment. This section provides resources to help you learn about medical research and ways to get involved.
Support and advocacy groups can help you connect with other patients and families, and they can provide valuable services. Many develop patient-centered information and are the driving force behind research for better treatments and possible cures. They can direct you to research, resources, and services. Many organizations also have experts who serve as medical advisors or provide lists of doctors/clinics. Visit the group’s website or contact them to learn about the services they offer. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement by GARD.
Living with a genetic or rare disease can impact the daily lives of patients and families. These resources can help families navigate various aspects of living with a rare disease.
These resources provide more information about this condition or associated symptoms. The in-depth resources contain medical and scientific language that may be hard to understand. You may want to review these resources with a medical professional.
New NCATS Rare Diseases Research Video
December 27, 2017
Rare Disease Day at NIH on March 1, 2018
December 19, 2017
Third NIH Workshop on Gaucher Disease and Parkinsonism Thursday, April 8, 2010 -
Friday, April 9, 2010
Location: NIH- the Cloister, Bethesda, Maryland
Description: Workshop goals were to (1) determine the appropriate human, animal, or cell-based models to better understand this correlation; (2) explore the mechanisms and/or pathways involved; and (3) establish international collaborations to enhance progress in the field and to make recommendations for future study.
Contact: Dr. Ellen Sidransky301firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-funding Institute(s): National Human Genome Research Institute, Office of Rare Diseases Research
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If someone has MSA, is it possible that they do things with out realizing what they are doing is wrong? Does this disease have any impact on them being unable to differ right from wrong. I'm asking this because someone I know has been recently diagnosed with MSA and is in the final stage, he has done some pretty unfavorable things in the past and people are trying to justify this disease played a factor in his mental stability at the time. Is this possible? See answer